Two first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

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

Placed were:

Piotr I. Bielawsky, 33, of Levittown, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) charge. He was arrested on July 6 along the turnpike in Kidder Township after being stopped for speeding, 76 miles-per-hour in a 55 zone. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.

Serfass placed him for a year and ordered he get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, pay $450 for the cost of the program and license suspended for 60 days.

Bradley Phoenix, 41, of Groton, N.Y., was placed on a charge of DUI. He was arrested on May 13, 2001, along SR903 in Kidder Township during a sobriety checkpoint operation. Given a test, the result was .22BAC.

He was placed for a year and ordered to pay $450 for 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.