Update: Councilman Walker to Resign after Alleged Peeing Incident
Macungie Councilman Linn Walker's announcement came hours after police said he would be charged by summons with public drunkenness. Charges do not indicate a conviction.
Updated 3:20 p.m. with comment from Macungie Councilman Linn Walker
Macungie Councilman Linn Walker, who police said will be charged with public drunkenness and other offenses for allegedly urinating repeatedly on his neighbors' properties, said Saturday he will resign from office.
Walker said he was not drunk or disorderly Friday afternoon when police allege the incident happened, but suffers from a weak bladder. He said his bathroom was occupied, so he went outside Friday afternoon to urinate on a bush. He said he was accustomed to urinating outdoors after years working outdoors.
"I admit I've done it before," Walker said. "I got caught, and I'll serve the consequences." He said it was "a wake-up call" not to urinate outdoors anymore.
Walker said he had already apologized to his neighbors. He also wanted to apologize to voters. He said he also would resign from the planning board.
"It's time to step down and get out of the spotlight," he said.
Police issued a release earlier Saturday that said Walker will be charged with public drunkenness and other offenses for allegedly urinating on his neighbors' properties repeatedly on Friday afternoon.
Walker, 67, who was re-elected to council last November, will be sent a summons charging him with open lewdness, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to a release from Macungie Police Chief Edward A. Harry Jr.
According to the release:
* Neighbors complained to police that Walker, 45 W. Chestnut St., was constantly coming out of his home and allegedly urinating on his neighbors' properties, in front of them and their children in daylight. Neighbors said they wanted it stopped.
* While an officer was investigating at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Walker came out of his house, went to his neighbor’s home at 43 W. Chestnut St. and allegedly urinated on its porch pad, a garden hose and gas can lying next to the porch.
The officer approached Walker and determined he was under the influence of alcohol, the release said.
Walker has lived in the borough since 1987.
Summons charges do not indicate a conviction. Check back with Patch for updates on the story.