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Man faces DUI charges after being found passed out behind the wheel, police say

LOPATCONG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Pennsylvania man is facing multiple charges including driving while under the influence after he was found passed out behind the wheel Friday afternoon in Lopatcong Township.

James G. Higginbottom, 35, of Bethlehem was charged with driving under the influence, under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, delaying traffic and reckless driving.

At 3:46 p.m., police responded to Route 22 East and South Third Street for a report of an unconscious man in a motor vehicle. At the same time as being dispatched, an officer came upon the motor vehicle in the right lane of Route 22 East just prior to South Third Street and found Higginbottom allegedly passed out, police said.

It was determined that Higginbottom was not having a medical emergency but was showing signs of impairment from alcohol and/or drugs, police said.

Higginbottom was administered several field sobriety test and arrested for driving under the influence, police said.

Higginbottom was taken to police headquarters where he provided breath samples. A Drug Recognition Expert conducted further tests on Higginbottom and it was determined that he was under the influence, police said.

Higginbottom was released to family pending his court appearance.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

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