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Palmerton man gets jail time for drunk driving

Published July 13. 2012 05:01PM

A Palmerton man was sentenced to a jail term for drunk driving which will be served in a state prison.

Robert Carl Weiss, 51, was sentenced to serve a total of 92 days to six months in jail on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge and driving while under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on July 9, 2011, by state police at Lehighton, after being involved in an accident along Hahns Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .38BAC.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II, who imposed the sentence, noted that the conviction was Weiss' eighth for DUI.

Weiss is currently serving a 18 to 36 month state prison term for DUI convictions in Lehigh County.

Nanovic, who ran the jail term concurrent with the one Weiss is now serving, also imposed a fine of $1,000 on the DUI charge and $1,500 on the suspension count, ordered a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and license suspended for a year on each count, consecutive to each other.

Franklin P. Zerby, 58, of Slatington, pleaded guilty to one count of resisting arrest. He was arrested on July 31 for an incident at his then residence along Lower Nis Hollow Road in Lehighton. Officer Tyler Meek of Mahoning Township responded to the residence for a domestic dispute involving Zerby and Donna Fredericks, his former girlfriend, and Amanda Smith.

At the scene when Meek attempted to take Zerby, who was intoxicated police said, into custody and he resisted.

Nanovic placed him on probation for a year which runs consecutive to a probation period he is currently serving. He was also ordered not to have any contact with Fredericks or Smith, and get a D&A evaluation.

Jason E. Bianco, 23, of Jim Thorpe, and formerly of Palmerton, pleaded guilty to one count of DUI before Judge Steven R. Serfass on Thursday. He was arrested on Feb. 26 by state police at Fern Ridge along SR903 in Penn Forest Township. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.

Serfass sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, license suspended for a year, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

He will serve the jail time on consecutive weekends beginning Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.

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

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