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DUI Suspect Caught at High School with 170 Fireworks

A few days before Christmas, a man in a small Connecticut town allegedly lit off fireworks and was charged for DUI when he reportedly tried to flee the scene.

On December 23, the East Lyme Police Department was notified of a possible situation involving fireworks coming from the back of the East Lyme High School.

Police dispatched to the location and reported that there were several cars in the vicinity when they arrived, but the vehicles quickly began to disperse. The officers pull over the departing drivers and questioned them about the reported explosions.

While interacting with a driver identified as 22-year-old Niantic resident Joseph Nahass, the officer speaking with him believed he showed signs of intoxication and asked the man to take part in a roadside sobriety test.

After he allegedly did not perform up to par, Nahass was assumed to have been operating his vehicle while under the influence and the interior of his car was inspected.

During the search, the authorities allegedly discovered 170 fireworks, classified as the kind that are sold over the counter to the general public, inside of Nahass’ vehicle.

Nahass was assumed to be the person responsible for the complaint about the fireworks at the high school, and he was taken into custody.

Nahass is facing charges for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and illegal possession of fireworks.

He was released from custody on a $1,000 non-surety bond, which means that Nahass was able to leave on his own recognizance, but if he does not show up for his scheduled court date he will be responsible for paying the ordered amount to the state.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.