Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika has a busy Tuesday in court, hearing guilty pleas from 24 defendants in pending cases.
The lengthy court session lasted until late in the afternoon as he accepted pleas from the following:
James M. Buchanan, 37, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving under suspension-DUI related. It was the fourth conviction for DUI for Buchanan.
Buchanan was arrested on March 18 by state police at Lehighton along 57 Road in Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.