A Palmerton man was sentenced to a year in jail on Monday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence in the county court.

He was one of eight defendants in pending drunken driving cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton stop

Kyle Scott Scherer, 27, of Palmerton, was arrested on Sept. 19, 2013, along Route 209 by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Serfass sentenced him to serve 12 to 60 months in the county prison, pay a fine of $2,500, have his license suspended for 18 months, and get a D&A evaluation.

Scherer is currently in the county prison on a probation violation. He is attempting to get placement in the Salvation Army rehab inpatient program. His new prison term begins when his probation violation term is done.

Other pleas

Christopher Michael Jany, 33, pleaded to his third DUI offense within 10 years and is also facing a minimum of a year in jail. He was arrested on Oct. 24, 2013, by state police at Lehighton along Route 209 in Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Sentencing was deferred so Jany could apply for placement in the Intermediate Punishment Program. If accepted in the program, Jany would still have to serve a prison term, but not as long, then be placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Kelly Allesch, 44, of Allentown, was arrested on Jan. 24 along Mauch Chunk Street by Mahoning Township police. She refused a blood test and will lose her license for a year for the refusal.

Facing a jail term, sentencing was deferred so she could apply for the IPP.

Celena Marie Marzen, 41, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on April 24 along Main Street by Jim Thorpe police. She refused a blood test and will lose her license for a year.

Facing a jail term, sentencing was deferred so she could apply for the IPP.

Gary Exner, 29, of Lehighton, was arrested on May 11 in Weissport by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was 0.14 BAC.

Serfass sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one-year license suspension, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 25 hours of community service.

He will begin the jail term at 5 p.m. on Aug. 1, and serve it on consecutive weekends.

Michael T. Ross, 27, of Albrightsville, was arrested on May 4 along Route 534 in Penn Forest Township by state police at Fern Ridge. Given a test, the result was 0.12 BAC.

Sentencing was deferred so Ross could apply for the IPP. He is facing a jail term.

Kristopher Michael Lyden, 35, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on May 31, 2013, along Route 903 by Jim Thorpe police. Given a test, the result was 0.12 BAC.

Sentencing was deferred. He is facing a jail term.

Richard Jerry Roberts, 47, of Saylorsburg, was arrested on Feb. 26 along Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was 0.24 BAC.

Facing a jail term, sentencing was deferred so Roberts could apply for the IPP.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,500, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.