A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday afternoon after pleading guilty to driving under the influence (DUI), and recklessly endangering another person.
Ryan E. Wurst, 25, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 90 days to five years in prison for DUI. On the reckless endangering charge he was sentenced to serve three to one day less 24 months in prison. The terms run concurrently.
Wurst was arrested for the DUI count on July 14, 2010, along Meixsell Valley Road, in Penn Forest Township, by state police at Lehighton after troopers responded to a reported large fight in progress.
Wurst was found at the scene under the influence and had been found to have driven his car into a field but later removed it before police arrived. He refused a blood test.
He was arrested for the reckless endangering charge on July 5, 2011, along Wiley Circle in Penn Forest Township. Troopers responded to the area to a report of shots fired.
Troopers said Wurst discharged a handgun in the area where other persons were present. Defense attorney George Dydynsky said the discharge was due to Wurst attempting to commit suicide.
In additional to the jail term Nanovic ordered Wurst to get both a drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, pay a fine of $1,500 for the DUI, license suspended for 18 months for the DUI, court costs, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.
He was given credit for 19 days spent in jail on the DUI count and 24 days on the reckless endangering.
Wurst also pleaded to one count of driving under suspension and was fined $200 and costs.
It was noted Wurst is also facing other criminal charges.