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Pa. senator faces drunken-driving charge in motorcycle crash

Written by The Associated Press | May 8, 2015 12:42 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania State Police say a high-ranking state senator from Allentown is being charged with drunken driving for a motorcycle accident last weekend that left him injured.

State police say they filed charges against Republican Senator Pat Browne for the crash on an Interstate 78 off-ramp.

Authorities say his blood alcohol content was above the state's legal limit for driving of .08 percent.

Browne, the Appropriations Committee chairman, hasn't spoken publicly about the accident in which he suffered a punctured lung, cracked ribs and a broken foot.

In a statement, Senator Browne says he apologizes for his decision last Saturday, and adds that he's battled issues with alcohol.

A Senate Republican caucus spokeswoman says the 51-year-old Browne left the hospital for a physical therapy facility on Wednesday, and has been getting updates on legislation and state issues.

State Senator Browne has released the following statement:

"I sincerely apologize to my family, colleagues and constituents for the choices that I made last Saturday, and I am extremely grateful that no one else was hurt. I am deeply passionate about my legislative work and humbled to represent the 16th Senatorial District."

"Thank you to the many individuals who have reached out to me since my motorcycle accident last Saturday.  I have received outstanding medical care for my physical injuries from the accident and I am currently recuperating in an area physical therapy facility."

"It is no secret that I have battled issues relating to alcohol in the past. Every day requires me to vigilantly control my disease, and I am dedicated to seeking help to regain a solid grasp of my illness." 

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