Habitual offender given prison term
A habitual offender of the state vehicle code was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court.
Raymond P. Desrosiers Jr., 47, of Weatherly, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve 60 to 120 days in prison on the charge and 60 days in jail on a charge of driving under suspension-DUI related. The prison terms run concurrently.
Desrosiers, who previously entered guilty pleas to the charges, was arrested on Dec. 24, 2009, by state police along SR209 in Towamensing Township after being involved in an accident. His vehicle was rear-ended by another car.
When troopers checked his license status it was learned he was currently under suspension. In fact, his suspension runs to 2017.
Webb noted that the license suspensions stem from a long-term driving under the influence (DUI) background.
However, Desrosiers has addressed the problem by going through inpatient rehabilitation and counseling, it was noted.
Webb also ordered Desrosiers to pay a fine of $500 and get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.
Desrosiers will serve the first 30 days of the sentence in the county prison with work release privileges and the second 30 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring. The prison term begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23.
It was noted Desrosiers will have another two years added onto his license suspension meaning it now runs to 2019.
Andrew Roy Kemmerer, 28, of Bethlehem, was sentenced by Webb to serve 30 days to six months in prison on a charge of DUI. He was arrested on Nov. 13, 2009, along SR248 in Bowmanstown. Given a test, the result was .23BAC.
Webb also ordered he pay a fine of $750, get a D&A evaluation and license suspended for a year.
He will begin the jail term on Friday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. and will serve the time in the Northampton County prison in Easton. He was granted work release privileges.
Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervisor fee while on probation or parole.