ALLENTOWN, PA -Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) is expected to make a full recovery after getting injured in a motorcycle crash.
Browne was en route to a train photography event he was scheduled to participate in on Aug. 31 when he was involved in the crash in Colorado, according to a news release from Browne's deputy director of policy communications.
A spokesman for Browne's office said he did not know the cause of the crash. The spokesman said drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the wreck. Browne has previously been involved in drunken driving crashes.
Browne's condition is stable, and with the support of his family, Browne is currently undergoing rehabilitation for his injuries and is expected to return to Pennsylvania in the coming weeks, according to the release.
Browne suffered a concussion and has received surgical intervention for a fractured neck and broken orbital bone.
"Helmeted and due to the prompt and talented trauma team, Pat has been blessed with an anticipated full recovery," according to the release.
"His wife and family invite prayers and well wishes for his quick recovery and are grateful for privacy at this time so that all energies may be focused on healing, without distraction."
Browne crashed a motorcycle in 2015, leaving him with a punctured lung, cracked ribs and a broken foot. He was charged at that time with his third drunken driving offense in a 20-year period. He apologized at the time, saying he was determined to get help with a drinking problem.
Browne was involved in another motorcycle crash in Bethlehem in 1999 in which he was charged with drunken driving. In that incident, police said Browne had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16.
Shortly after that crash in 1999, Browne issued a statement asking for forgiveness for his lapse in judgement and noted his plans to get counseling.
Browne had his license suspended following that 1999 crash. He also had his license suspended after a drunken driving crash in 1995.
According to an Associated Press report, Browne in 2010 called issues related to addiction and recovery "something I live with every day."
As a state legislator, Browne is a political force. He was a driving force in landing state tax incentives that were central in bringing the PPL Arena and other redevelopment to downtown Allentown.