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James Lauer going to court for hit-and-run accident

Published On: Feb 14 2014 03:52:08 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 14 2014 03:52:40 PM EST
Lehigh County Courthouse in Allentown

April Maddona/69 News


James Lauer of Allentown  is going to court on charges that he was responsible for a hit-and-run accident last month.

The defendant waived all charges for court at his preliminary hearing Friday.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Jan. 19, four people, including a pregnant woman, were injured in a hit-and-run accident at 21st and Tilghman streets in Allentown.


Police said an intoxicated Lauer ran a stop sign at Tilghman Street and Albright Avenue and hit the other car, which spun around and rolled over three times. Two of the passengers in that car were children younger than 7. The woman was 31 weeks pregnant, according to police.

They received non-life-threatening injuries when their vehicle rolled over.

Police found the 53-year-old Lauer because witnesses to the accident got his license plate number. Lauer was found in his garage, too drunk to stand up, police said.

Police determined Lauer had a blood alcohol level that was four times the legal limit.

He is in Lehigh County Prison, unable to post $25,000 bail.

He faces four counts of causing an accident involving personal injury, four counts of causing an accident without being properly licensed, driving under the influence and other charges.

According to court documents, Lauer has been charged with three other DUI crashes since 2003.