DUI Conviction: Lancaster County Man Facing up to 7 Years in Prison

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LANCASTER, PA — A Columbia, Pennsylvania man was convicted of his fifth DUI since 2013 after being stopped for illegally passing in the center lane, announced the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

Dung V. Dang, age 49, was convicted by a jury on July 14, 2022, of DUI – high rate of alcohol (.10-.159 BAC), DUI – general impairment, and three summary offenses for his conduct on September 30, 2020. The two DUI convictions are both third-degree felonies.

A Pennsylvania State Trooper witnessed Dang, driving a white BMW, illegally pass another vehicle in the center lane on Lincoln Highway East near the intersection of McIlvaine Road in Paradise Township. As the trooper continued to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, Dang parked in a nearby apartment complex and walked out of his vehicle into the apartment complex’s breezeway. The trooper then ran the registration on the vehicle and went back onto Lincoln Highway East to continue his other assignment.

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The registration came back to the defendant, but with a Philadelphia address. The trooper recognized the defendant might be trying to avoid him and turned back around before encountering the defendant walking on the shoulder of Lincoln Highway East, approximately 300 feet from where the BMW was parked. The trooper obtained Dang’s identification and it showed the defendant’s license had been suspended due to a prior DUI charge.

Dang also admitted to consuming two drinks and officers smelled alcohol on his breath and observed his eyes to be bloodshot and glassy; he had a BAC of 0.152%. After a field sobriety test and blood was drawn with consent, further queries into Dang’s criminal history revealed two prior Pennsylvania DUI convictions and two prior New York DUI convictions since 2013.

Dang could face up to 7 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the DUI conviction.

Assistant District Attorney Kyle Linardo prosecuted the case and presented evidence from the troopers’ MVR videos of the stop and subsequent field sobriety test and testimony from the troopers. The jury returned its verdict in 25 minutes.

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Dang’s $25,000 cash bail was modified to $100,000 cash after the conviction and he is being held in Lancaster County Prison. Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker presided over the trial.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Steven Kase filed charges, conducted the field sobriety test, and took Dang for a blood draw. Trooper Ian Hutchinson conducted the initial traffic stop. Both troopers testified and Kase attended the entire trial.

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