Two persons with pending criminal charges were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

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

Placed were:

Quamrul Islam, 51, of East Elmhurst, N.Y., was placed for 18 months on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested along SR1003 in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .25BAC.

Serfass ordered him to pay $450 for the costs of the program, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendatiion for treatment and his license was suspended for 60 days.

Nicholas Walters, 29, of Weatherly, was placed for 18 months on a charge of DUI. He was arrested on Aug. 7 along Broad St. in Beaver Meadows. Given a test, the result revealed controlled substances, heroin and cocaine, in his system. He was also charged with drug counts when illegal substances were found in his vehicle.

Serfass ordered he pay $500 for the cost of the program, get a D&A evaluation and license suspended for 60 days.

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