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Woman gets probation for resisting arrest, mischief

Published February 01. 2013 05:04PM

A Carbon County woman was placed on probation for 24 months on Thursday after pleading guilty to one count each of resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Crystal Mae Dorwood, 49, of Lehighton, entered her plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass. She was arrested on Dec. 29, 2012, by Lehighton police for an incident in the area of S. First and Iron streets.

Police responded to the area to a report of a female with a knife slashing tires. On scene they found Dorwood. She was placed under arrest but refused to respond to police commands. A struggle resulted in her being forced to the ground and then she resisted being placed in the police cruiser. A knife was found near the scene.

She caused damages to the vehicle of Richard Hauser, of 123 Iron St.

Dorwood admitted to a severe alcohol abuse problem. She told Serfass, "Alcohol has been a major problem in my life."

Serfass told her, "Certainly in my view you need to complete an inpatient program."

Dorwood was scheduled to enter her plea on Tuesday morning before Serfass. However, she appeared at the courthouse under the influence of alcohol. Serfass ordered the adult probation office personnel to give her a breath test. The result was a .18BAC.

Serfass then found her in contempt of court and placed her in the county prison where she remained until Thursday's plea proceeding.

In addition to the probation period Serfass also ordered her to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, go into an inpatient program as soon as arrangements can be made, zero tolerance on drug or alcohol use, have no contact with Hauser, make restitution of $50.157 to the victim, pay court costs of about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.

On the mischief count, a summary offense, she was fined $300.

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