Four placed in Carbon County ARD program
Four first time offenders were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.
If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
All four were placed on driving under the influence (DUI) charges.
John Anthony Craig, 27, of Hazleton, was arrested on March 14 along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township by state police at Fern Ridge. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.
He was placed for a year and was assessed $600 for the cost of the program, and ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.
Peter Aaron Hissim, 49, of Bath, was arrested on May 12, 2012, along 57 Road in Lower Towamensing Township by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.
He was placed for three months, assessed $650, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation.
Justin J. Kern, 38, of Nesquehoning, was arrested on Feb. 23 along SR54 by Nesquehoning police. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.
He was placed for a year, assessed $500, license suspended for 30 days, get a D&A evaluation, and render 50 hours of community service.
Andrew S. Youells, 39, of Weatherly, was arrested on Feb. 23 along SR209 by Nesquehoning police. Given a test, the result was .15BAC.
He was placed for a year, assessed $600, get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.