Two first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation progam on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.
If they successfully complete the conditions of the program their record his wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it or are revoked from it the Commonweath reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person dues not admit guilt in entering the program.
Juan Mateo Andujar, 26, of West Hazleton, was placed for 18 months on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Sept. 5, 2010, along SR309 in Banks Township, after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .11BAC.
He was ordered to pay $400 for the cost of the program, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, render 12 hours of community service and license suspended for 60 days.
Jeffrey D. Zellner, 52, of Lansford, was placed for a year on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Dec. 24, 2008, along Patterson St., in Lansford, after being involved in a crash. Given a test, the result was .15BAC.
He was ordered to pay $400 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.