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Jim Thorpe man given jail time for drunk driving

Published July 02. 2010 05:00PM

A Jim Thorpe man was given a jail term on Thursday in Carbon County court for his second driving under the influence (DUI) conviction. And in another case, a Summit Hill resident was placed on probation an assault charge.

Lansford incident

William J. Watto, 43, was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in prison by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb for DUI. Watto was arrested on Feb. 5, 2009, along Ridge St., in Lansford. Given a test, the result showed a .23BAC and the presence of cocaine in his system.

Watto was also ordered to pay a fine of $300, get both a drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment and his license was suspended for a year.

He will serve two days in prison and 28 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring.

He begins the jail term on July 6 at 9 a.m.

Hill incident

Frank Miller, 34, of Summit Hill, was placed on probation for a year on a charge of simple assault. He was arrested by his hometown police for an incident on Nov. 1, 2009. Police responded to a report of a domestic incident at his residence.

Police said Miller assaulted his then girlfriend, Amy Hayes, by punching her in the face several times.

Webb ordered Miller to make restitution to Hayes for $184.92 for broken glasses, have no contact with her, get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and render three hours of community service per month while on probation.

Each defendant must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee.

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