Five defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Thursday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record his wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Derek M. Beers, 20, of Lehighton, was placed for six months on a charge of theft by unlawful taking. He was cited by Mahoning Township police for the theft of a bicycle at the Giant Market in the Carbon Plaza Mall on Aug. 10.

Webb ordered he pay $350 for the cost of the program.

Susan M. Craigie, 31, of Jim Thorpe, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on Aug. 14 along Church St., in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result was .12BAC.

She was ordered to pay $400 for the program, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and license suspended for 30 days.

Todd William Kerschner, 41, of Lehighton, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on March 29 along Stony Ridge Road, in Lower Towamensing Township. A test revealed a controlled substance in his system.

He was ordered to pay $450 for the program, get a D&A evaluation and license suspended for 60 days.

Barbara Shipwash, 46, of Palmerton, was placed on a charge of DUI. She was arrested on June 13 along Pohopoco Drive, in Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .23BAC.

She was ordered to pay $450 for the program, get a D&A evaluation and license suspended for 60 days.

Aaron Zink, 29, of Weatherly, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on May 29 along the Stanley Hoffman Blvd., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .12BAC.

He was ordered to pay $400 for the progam, get a D&A evaluation and license suspended for 30 days.

All five must alson pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.