Lehigh Valley

Driver allegedly under the influence crashes into parked cars, guard rail

Police said wreck happened at Jordan Park

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man is facing charges after crashing into a guardrail and three parked cars at Jordan Park while allegedly under the influence.

Police charged Rodger J. Loper, of Union Street, with driving under the influence and careless driving in connection with the Saturday evening crash. District Judge Michael Pochron arraigned the 30-year-old later that night, setting bail at $5,000.

Allentown police were dispatched to 1201 North Sixth St. about 5:45 p.m. Saturday to investigate a crash in which the driver appeared to be under the influence, according to court records. Police arrived to find a handful of damaged parked cars and Loper sitting on the guardrail next to his Pontiac Grand Prix.

A witness reported there were several pedestrians in the immediate area.

Police said Loper appeared very confused and wouldn’t answer questions, according to records. He allegedly couldn’t stand up and walk without swaying and continued having difficulty answering simple questions, according to police.

An officer found keys to the Grand Prix in his pocket and a plastic baggie that contained what appeared to be a cigarette filter and loose tobacco.

Police said Loper didn’t cooperate during a field sobriety test, which an officer needed to end before it was complete. And during a walk-and-turn test, he allegedly could not stand still and was falling over while taking instructions. He almost fell over while taking the test, prompting the officer to catch him.

The owner of the car arrived and told police that she’d known Loper to use PCP in the past, according to court records. He was taken to Lehigh County Jail, where he agreed to a blood draw.

Loper failed to post bail and was sent to county jail to await a June 19 preliminary hearing.

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