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Off-duty Bethlehem cop involved in DUI crash

Richard M. Hoffman's blood alcohol level was .16 percent, police say

Bethlehem Officer charged with DUI

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Investigators say an off duty police officer was driving drunk when he hit several parked vehicles on the side of the road and flipped his car onto its side.

One woman says not only was her rental car totaled but she lost her job as a result.

The incident happened early last Thursday at the corner of East Broad and High streets in Bethlehem.

According to police, Richard Hoffman, 34, an off duty police officer with the Bethlehem Police Department, had a blood alcohol level of .16.  That's twice the legal limit.

In a video taken by Dean Martinez, a neighbor who lives across the street from where the crash happened, a dazed and disoriented man is seen coming out of the vehicle that's on its side.

"Why would you put anybody's life in danger, especially your own?  People have to live and he just destroyed my life," said Yolanda Wilson.

Wilson, a mother of two, says she was staying with a friend and had parked her rental car in front of the home. The car was later totaled as a result of the crash.

Because of the totaled vehicle, Wilson says she had no way to get to work in Quakertown and lost her job.

"I feel like crying because I cry everyday about this but what can I do? Life goes on," she said.

Hoffman has been put on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

He now faces two DUI charges and a charge for careless driving.

The owner of one of the other vehicles involved in this crash says his vehicle was also totaled.

69 News went to Officer Hoffman's home for comment; however no one came to the door.

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