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James Lauer sentenced for DUI crash

His BAC was 4 x legal limit, police say.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man whose DUI crash injured a family learned his fate Thursday.

James Lauer was sentenced to spend 2 1/2 to 7 3/4 years in prison.

Police say his blood alcohol content was four-times the legal limit when he crashed into a car at Tilghman and Albright streets back in January.

The injured family of four included a pregnant woman, but none of the injuries were serious, officials said.

Police said 53-year-old Lauer was so drunk at the time of his arrest January 23 he could barely stand up.

In July he pleaded guilty to one count of DUI accident involving death or personal injury, four counts of accidents involving death or personal injury while not licensed properly and illegally operating a motor vehicle not equipped with ignition interlocl.

Lauer was also given an additional consecutive sentence of 1-5-years for a probation violation, so officials said his total jail time served will be 3 1/2 to 12 3/4 years.

This was Lauer's fourth DUI arrest since 2003.

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