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Three sentenced to prison terms for DUI

Published November 29. 2011 05:01PM

Three Carbon County residents, who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) charges, were sentenced Monday to county prison terms by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Andrew Jason Tyahla Sr., 41, was sentenced to serve six to 12 months in prison on charges of unauthorized use of a automobile and DUI.

Tyahla was arrested by Palmerton police on March 5 along Delaware Avenue.

Webb imposed the jail term on the unauthorized use charge. On the DUI count he imposed a prison term of 72 hours to six months, running concurrently with the first charge. Tyahla was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, license suspended for a year, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, make restitution of $125, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

Donald Frederick Jones, 52, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve a total of 90 days to six months in prison on counts of DUI and driving under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on Feb. 15 by state police at Lehighton, along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton. Given a test, the result was .13BAC.

Webb sentenced him to serve 30 days to six months on the DUI count, pay a fine of $750, license suspended for a year, get a D&A evaluation and granted work release privileges.

On the suspension count he was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail, a fine of $1,000, and another year suspension. The prison terms run concurrently.

Jones, who will begin the jail term on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m., will serve 30 days straight and then the remaining 60 days on consecutive weekends.

Brandon K. Eckhart, 28, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in jail on a DUI count. He was arrested on May 28 along Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .15BAC.

Webb also ordered he pay a fine of $1,500, license suspended for 18 months, and get a D&A evaluation. Eckhart, who will begin the jail term at 10 a.m. on Dec. 1, was granted work release privileges. On a summary motor vehicle code violation he was fined $25 and costs.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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