Five months after crashing his motorcycle on Interstate 78, State Sen. Pat Browne was formally charged with driving under the influence.
The Lehigh County official did not attend his hearing, though his attorney entered a not guilty plea, according to Laurie Mason Schroeder of the Morning Call.
Browne’s attorney asked for his client to be placed in ARD – the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. ARD is usually reserved for first-time offenders, but Browne’s wish may be granted as his last DUI arrest falls outside the 10-year repeat offending window.
In 1999, Browne was also charged with driving his motorcycle while under the influence, four years after being arrested in New Jersey for DUI.
Browne suffered serious injuries in his May accident, including a punctured lung and several broken lungs. Browne will next appear in court Nov. 2.