Five defendants who previously entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence were sentenced on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II, including a Northampton County man who was given a minimum of one year in jail for his fourth conviction.
John Albert David Jr., 42, of Wind Gap, was sentenced to serve one to five years in prison for his fourth conviction.
He was arrested on Feb. 18, 2013, along Third St., by Palmerton police. He refused to submit to a blood test and lost his license for a year for the refusal.
Nanovic rejected a request by defense attorney Matthew Rapa to let David serve half his minimum in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program with electronic monitoring.
David had also pleaded to driving under suspension-DUI related. On that charge he was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail, concurrent with the DUI charge.
Nanovic also ordered he pay fines totaling $3,500, license suspended for 18 months, and get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.
He will begin the jail term on March 3 at 5 p.m. He was granted work release privileges if eligible.
Karl William Rolappe, 47, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in prison for his fifth DUI conviction.
He was arrested on Aug. 1, 2010, along Route 248 in Palmerton. Given a test, the result was .26 BAC.
Rolappe was approved by the adult probation office for placement in the IPP, but that was rejected by Nanovic. He said Rolappe was not going to get IPP based on his driving record.
In addition to the jail term Rolappe was ordered to pay a fine of $1,500, one-year license suspension, and get a D&A evaluation.
He will begin the jail term at 7 p.m. on March 7 and serve it on consecutive two-day weekends.
Joshua Noel Yorgey, 33, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in prison on his fourth DUI conviction.
He was arrested on June 19, 2013, along Union Hill Road, in Franklin Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of $2,500, one-year license suspension, continue his aftercare program, and get a D&A evaluation.
He was given credit for 28 days spent in an inpatient rehabilitation program. He will serve the remaining two days of his prison term beginning March 4 at 7:30 a.m.
Paul Leslie, 41, of Lansford, was sentenced on a DUI count and fleeing or attempting to elude police.
He was arrested on Aug. 15, 2013, by Lehighton police in the area of E. Bridge Street. Police attempted to pull him over after observing him doing "wheelies" with his motorcycle. He fled and police lost site of him for a few minutes.
Police then found him along Blakeslee Boulevard, where he had crashed his bike into a guide rail. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. A blood test was administered and it revealed a .17 BAC.
Leslie told Nanovic he was drinking "moonshine" before the incident.
On the fleeing charge Nanovic sentenced him to serve six to 18 months in the county prison and on the DUI charge 48 hours to six months, with that term running concurrently with the first charge.
He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, supply a DNA sample, pay a fine of $1,000 on the DUI count, and one-year license suspension.
He will begin the jail term on March 4 at 9 a.m.
Stephanie Ann Leibenguth, 30, of Slatington, was sentenced to serve five days to six months in jail. She was arrested on April 13, 2013, along Route 248 in Franklin Township by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .23 BAC.
She was ordered to get a D&A evaluation, pay a fine of $750, and one-year license suspension.
She will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on March 7.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.