Three first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

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

Those placed were:

Randy James Borger, 52, of Kunkletown R.5, was placed for a year on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Nov. 28, 2009, along Pohopoco Drive, in Towamensing Township. He refused a blood test and will lose his license for a year for the refusal.

Webb ordered he pay $450 for the costs of the program, get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 60 days and render three hours of community service per month while in the program.

Charles Meckes, 57, of Jim Thorpe, was placed for six months on a charge of forgery. He was arrested on Nov. 30, 2009, by Franklin Township police for forging a medical document of Dr. Clement McGinley.

Webb ordered he pay $350 for the cost of the program and render 15 hours of community service.

Scott R. Schulte, 21, of Lehighton, was placed for two years on a charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police and DUI. He was arrested on April 1 by Mahoning Township police along Gilbert Hill Road.

Webb ordered he must pay $450 for the cost of the program, license suspended for 60 days, zero tolerance imposed on drug or alcohol use, get a D&A evaluation, and he must enter and successfully complete the Salvation Army drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, or similar rehab program.

The three must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.