A Philadelphia man entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence (DUI), forgoing a scheduled nonjury trial in Carbon County court last Friday.

Willie E. Nelson Jr., 47, entered the plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika. Nelson was scheduled to go before Matika in a non-jury trial but changed his mind.

He was arrested on Dec. 9, 2011, along the northeast extension of the turnpike in East Penn Township. State police at Pocono charged Nelson. He was taken for a blood test but refused and lost his license for a year.

Matika sentenced Nelson to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, license suspended for a year, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service when released on parole.

Nelson began the jail term immediately.