Two sentenced to jail terms for drunk driving
Two men, who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI), were sentenced Thursday to county jail terms in Carbon County court. Both appeared before Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Richard Lowell Lehr Jr., 41, of New Ringgold, was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in prison. He was arrested on Oct. 20, 2009, along Ludlow St., in Summit Hill. He refused a blood test.
Lehr told Serfass he had tried to address his alcohol abuse problem. He entered an inpatient rehabilitation program in Florida where he spent 26 days. He spent an additional 90 days in a halfway house in Florida that deals with addiction problems.
Serfass gave him credit for the 26 days in the rehab against his jail term. Lehr must serve 34 days straight in prison then the remaining 30 days of the 90-day sentence will be served in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring. He was ordered to pay a fine of $300 and his license was suspended for 18 months.
He will begin the jail term on April 26 at 9 a.m. He was granted work release privileges.
Brian P. Marcotte, 28, of Phillipsburg, N.J., was sentenced to serve one to two years in the county prison. He was arrested on Aug. 20, 2010, by state police at Pocono along the turnpike in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of $500, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and his license was suspended for a year.
He will begin the jail term on April 26 at 9 a.m. and was granted work release privileges.
Donald J. Krauss, 33, of Jim Thorpe, was placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program by Serfass on a DUI charge. Krauss was arrested by Lansford police in November 2010.
He was ordered to pay $450 for the program, get a D&A evaluation, render three hours of community service per month while in the program and his license was suspended for 60 days.
If he successfully completes the program, his record will be wiped clean.
Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.