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HANOVER TWP., Pa. | A Lehigh County man accused in a drunk-driving crash allegedly gave a teen alcohol and told police he’d flee to California after he was booked.

Mark D. Schoch, of Mary Ann Way in Hanover Township, faces DUI charges following a two-vehicle crash on Airport Road. District Judge Charles Crawford arraigned the 48-year-old, setting bail at $10,000.

Pennsylvania State Police were initially dispatched to Schoch’s Mary Ann Way home Oct. 1 shortly after 3 p.m. for a report of a “domestic altercation,” according to court records. Police said several witnesses reported seeing a “heavily intoxicated” Schoch drive away in a silver Chevy Malibu.

The responding trooper then heard radio reports about a wreck at Airport and Postal roads involving a Chevy Malibu. The driver involved in the rear-end crash, later identified as Schoch, allegedly fled the wreck before pulling over at a nearby gas station.

The trooper alleges that a glassy-eyed Schoch smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and had trouble standing on his own.

Schoch allegedly told police that he had gotten into argument with a woman he referred to as his girlfriend over giving alcohol to someone authorities would later learn was a 19-year-old, according to court records. Schoch said he was “worked up” when he left the house and didn’t see that traffic in front of him on Airport Road had stopped.

Police said he admitted panicking and driving away from the crash and apologizing for driving because he was “too drunk.” After he was booked, Schoch said he wouldn’t respond to the charges and planned on heading to California once he was released.

Meanwhile, the woman who called police and described herself as Schoch’s longtime roommate told authorities that her daughter reported Schoch was giving a 19-year-old gin. When she confronted him about it, Schoch allegedly pushed her and demanded his car keys, according to records.

Police confirmed that the 19-year-old, who was vomiting, was taken to the hospital because he’d been drinking.

Authorities charged Schoch with three counts of driving under the influence and single counts of causing an accident, providing alcohol to a minor and harassment. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday.