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Alcohol suspected in Lehigh crash

Published November 29. 2013 10:57AM

Alcohol may have played a role in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 1:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, along Holbens Valley Road, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said James E. Bachman, 42, of New Tripoli, was driving a 1998 Audi A4 eastbound and negotiating a right curve when the car entered the westbound lane. The car traveled about 60 feet east in the westbound lane before re-entering the eastbound lane.

The car then traveled about 42 feet before it began to turn counter-clockwise and impacted a dirt embankment along the south shoulder. The car continued eastbound on the embankment for about 51 feet when it struck a cement drainage ditch and overturned onto its roof. It then traveled about 30 feet northeast on the south shoulder, re-entered the eastbound lane and traveled 48 feet northeast before coming to rest.

Bachman and his passenger, Camille L. Werley, 44, of Slatedale, were taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for evaluation. Troopers added that Bachman submitted to a blood draw with charges pending the test results. Troopers added he will be charged with driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed.

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