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Tamaqua man charged with DUI after crash

A Tamaqua man had a blood alcohol level of 0.236 when he crashed his car in the borough, police said.

Borough police responded Jan. 7 to N. Railroad St., for a car crashing into a curb, which had reportedly been on fire and was later extinguished. A man with white hair, who was later identified as Brian Nattress, was seen leaving from the seen.

Police went to his house minutes later and found him “highly intoxicated” and smelling of alcohol. Nattress said his vehicle was having mechanical problems, which was later disputed by his 12-year-old daughter who was in the car with her 16-year-old brother. Nattress was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after field sobriety testing. His daughter told police he had been drinking before driving, A blood test yielded the aforementioned BAC.

Police charged him Feb. 11 with DUI general impairment, DUI highest rate, and two counts of endangering the welfare of children. A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. March 16 in Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer’s courtroom.