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Whitehall man charged with 5th DUI in 5 months

He's in jail after failing to post $300K bail

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A Lehigh County man is sitting in jail on more than $300,000 bail following his latest DUI arrest in the last five months.

South Whitehall Township police arrested Douglas M. Linsenman of Whitehall Township on Sunday afternoon following an alleged drunk driving wreck at Orefield Road and Allison Lane. Township police said the 55-year-old already had pending DUI charges in Whitehall Township on January 12; Allentown on February 15 and May 26; and in South Whitehall Township on April 28.

Township police were dispatched to the area of Orefield Road and Allison Lane shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday for a car wreck. Police arrived to find a Ford Fusion that had struck a utility pole, according to court records.

Authorities said Linsenman was behind the wheel and driving east on Orefield Road approaching Allison Lane, when his car veered onto the shoulder and crashed into the pole.

Police said Linsenman had glassy eyes and appeared disoriented. He was also allegedly unsteady on his feet with slightly slurred speech.

Centronia Ambulance transported Linsenman to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest because of chest pain. Medical personnel at the hospital also drew a blood sample.

District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned Linsenman, of Pennsylvania Avenue in Whitehall Township, late Monday afternoon on a single misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and a summary offense of careless driving. The judge set bail at $250,000.

Hammond arraigned Linsenman again on Tuesday on two counts of DUI and two summary offenses, setting bail in that case at $5,000. District Judge Rashid Santiago, meanwhile, arraigned him on Tuesday on a single DUI count, setting bail at $50,000.

Linsenman had been arraigned in April on three more DUI charges in two separate cases. He was released in those instances on a combined $10,000 unsecured bail.

He is tentatively scheduled for preliminary hearings on June 19 and 20, although it’s likely those court dates will be rescheduled and a preliminary hearing held to cover all five cases.


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