13 August 2013
For Immediate Release
At 0304 Hrs on 08 August 2013, Bethlehem Police responded to a vehicle crash on E. Broad Street at High Street in Bethlehem, PA, Northampton County. The crash involved a single vehicle that was traveling east and struck a parked vehicle on the south side of Broad Street. Two additional parked vehicles were also damaged in the crash.
The single vehicle was operated by Richard M. Hoffman, an off-duty Bethlehem Police Officer. After the crash, Mr. Hoffman was taken by City of Bethlehem EMS to St. Luke’s UniversityHospital for evaluation. He is not reporting any injury as a result of this crash. Mr. Hoffman was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and he submitted to chemical testing of his blood at the hospital.
Mr. Hoffman was immediately placed on paid administrative suspension, as per departmental policy, pending the outcome of this criminal matter. An internal investigation is being conducted.
On 12 August 2013, Bethlehem Police received results of the chemical test indicating Mr. Hoffman’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.16%. The following charges will be filed at District Justice Manwaring II:
- PAVC 3802(c) – DUI – Highest Rate of Alcohol (Misdemeanor)
- PAVC 3802(a)(1) – DUI – General Impairment (Misdemeanor)
- PAVC 3714(a) – Careless Driving (Summary)