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Pa. Senator Pat Browne faces arraignment on DUI crash charges

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 12, 2015 8:16 AM
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(Allentown) -- A high-ranking Republican state lawmaker from Allentown is facing his formal arraignment on drunken driving charges stemming from his motorcycle crash earlier this year.

Senator Pat Brown of Lehigh County is due in court later this morning.

Allentown police say the 51-year-old legislator was drunk when he crashed his motorcycle about 4:30 p.m. May 2 while taking an exit ramp off Interstate 78.

He faces two counts of drunken driving and a citation for driving at an unsafe speed.

Police say his blood-alcohol content was double the state's legal limit.

Browne waived a preliminary hearing in July, which is why the case is now in Lehigh Valley Common Pleas Court.

He is expected to plead not guilty.

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