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Police: Niantic man with 170 fireworks charged with DUI

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East Lyme — Police on Sunday night stopped a Niantic man who failed their standardized field sobriety tests and had 170 consumer-grade fireworks in his vehicle, East Lyme police said in an incident summary released Thursday.

Officers conducted a traffic stop after receiving a complaint about fireworks coming from the back of East Lyme High School and then finding cars leaving the area, police said. They determined that Joseph Nahass, 22, was intoxicated, performed the field sobriety tests and searched his vehicle.

Police said the East Lyme Fire Marshal's Office took the fireworks and turned them over to the state police Bomb Squad for destruction.

Nahass was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and illegal possession of fireworks. He was released on a $1,000 bond.

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