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Driver Fell Asleep at Downtown Intersection: Police

Hanover Township man faces DUI charges after police allegedly found him snoozing behind the wheel at a red light.

By Jack Tobias

A 21-year-old man literally couldn't keep his eyes open around when city police found him slumped over the wheel of a pickup truck that was running in the middle of a downtown intersection.

A city officer got him awake—long enough to see and smell that Ioannis Sofer Mikroudis had glassy, bloodshot eyes and emitted a strong odor of alcohol, court records say.

But when Officer Joshua Rymon began asking Mikroudis for his driver's license, "he repeatedly fell asleep," Rymon wrote in a criminal complaint.

Other city officers arriving at the intersection of E. Goepp and Center streets at about 2 a.m. Wednesday did some field sobriety testing on Mikroudis and concluded he wasn't capable of driving and that he may also have been under the influence of marijuana.

After taking Mikroudis into custody, officers searched his black 2003 Ford Ranger and found three items—a set of brass knuckles, a smoking pipe and a package of wrapping papers, the complaint says.

The presence of the brass knuckles led to a charge of prohibited offensive weapons. Mikroudis also was charged with DUI-controlled substance for the possible presence of marijuana in his system and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

Mikroudis, of 3350 Harmor Circle in Hanover Township (Northampton County), was arraigned at 6:30 Wednesday morning by on-duty District Judge Todd Strohe of Bangor and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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