Pennsylvania senator facing DUI charges

A state senator is in hot water following a motorcycle crash that local police say may have been precipitated by drunk driving. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Browne could be facing DUI charges in connection with the May 3 crash. However, no official charges were filed in the immediate aftermath of the crash. Police are still looking into the accident and awaiting key evidence before choosing to file. 

According to the accident report, the senator was traveling onto Interstate 78 West on his motorcycle when he apparently crashed his vehicle. Police were called to the scene, where one attending officer said the senator was exhibiting symptoms of alcohol intoxication. The senator was not arrested at this time, but was instead sent to a local hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries. 

Police say his blood would also be drawn at the hospital, blood that would later be subjected to a toxicology examination. The senator reportedly has two prior license suspensions related to DUI, and he has spoken publicly about his struggles with substance abuse and addiction. As of this writing, formal charges appear to be pending the outcome of the toxicology scan. 

Alcohol addiction is a potentially deadly affliction that affects many Americans, as Pennsylvania residents are no doubt aware. DUI is often an offshoot of a persistent struggle with this illness, which may be the case for the senator in question. If the toxicology scan comes back documenting that he was drunk at the time of the accident, his defense team might consider a plea bargain predicated on mandatory rehabilitation or other recuperative measures. 

Source:, "PA Sen. Pat Browne could face DUI charge following motorcycle crash", May 3, 2015

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