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Two sentenced for drunk driving

Published November 28. 2012 08:39AM

Two persons, who previously entered guilty pleas, were sentenced Monday in Carbon County court for driving under the influence (DUI) and other counts.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II imposed prison terms on the following:

Jennifer Laudenslager, 41, of Tullytown, Bucks County, and formerly of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve a total of six to 18 months in prison on one count each of DUI and recklessly endangering another person.

She was arrested on Dec. 21, 2011, along First Street in Lehighton, after being involved in an accident. Her vehicle struck two parked cars. When police arrived on scene they found her under the influence and also found her twin sons, age seven at the time, in the backseat of the vehicle unharmed. Given a test, the result was .29BAC.

Laudenslager told Nanovic that since that incident she has spent a total of 158 days in inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in three separate facilities.

Nanovic said the fact that her two young sons were in the car at the time made it a "serious" situation. He added that fact she addressed her addiction to alcohol would be taken into consideration by the court.

On the reckless count the six to 18 term was imposed. On the DUI charge she was sentenced to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, and one year license suspension. The jail term runs concurrent with the other charge.

She was given credit for 158 days spent in the rehab programs. She was also given credit for "good time" and will not spend anymore time in jail.

Matthew Paul Zydyk, 27, of Northampton, was sentenced to serve a total of 90 days to one day less two years in jail on charges of DUI and driving while under suspension-DUI related.

He was arrested on Jan. 27 along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .15BAC.

On the DUI charge he was sentenced to serve 10 days to one day less two years, a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, and ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment. On the suspension count he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, and another year suspension. The jail terms run concurrently with each other but consecutive to a sentence he is currently serving in Northampton County.

He will begin the Carbon term at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10 and was granted work release privileges.

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

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