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Bethlehem Council addresses cop proposed termination

Bethlehem Council addresses cop proposed termination

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The fate of a Bethlehem police officer is now in the hands of a new city administration.

The outgoing chief called for the officer to be fired after he was charged with DUI back in August.

For the first time Monday night the Bethlehem City Council addressed the proposed termination of Officer Richard Hoffman.

But it's still unclear what a new Bethlehem Administration will do about it.

The outgoing Bethlehem Police Chief sent a recommendation to city council saying Officer Richard Hoffman should be removed from his job.

For the first time City Council addressed the matter but a hearing needs to be held before anything is done.

Back in August Hoffman was arrested after investigators say he was driving drunk and crashed into multiple parked cars, before flipping his car on its side.

Hoffman was off-duty but had to be at work in just a few hours.  Police say his blood alcohol level was double the legal limit.

He was charged with DUI and careless driving after the incident.

As we previously reported a memo was sent to city council by the outgoing chief after an internal investigation was complete.

It says Hoffman violated numerous department directives and that the August incident was the officer's fourth off-duty alcohol related incident over his 10-year career on the force.

Newly sworn in Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez was non- committal about how the new council and new administration will handle the issue.

Mayor Donchez says he might report back to council by their next meeting.

Hoffman has been on paid administrative leave since the summer.

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