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Defendants enter guilty pleas to drunk driving charges

Published July 25. 2013 05:02PM

Four defendants charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and related offenses, entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas from the following:

Brian Alan Kromer, 42, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of driving under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on July 17, 2012, by Palmerton police along SR248 after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .04BAC. A DUI charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve 90 days in jail and pay a fine of $1,000. He will also get another year suspension.

He will begin the jail term at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 26, and serve the term on consecutive Friday to Sundays.

Jonathan Allen Groegler, 25, of Lehighton, entered pleas to two pending cases.

He pleaded to one count each of DUI and driving under suspension for an incident on Jan. 31 along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton, filed by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

He pleaded to one count each of DUI, unauthorized use of a automobile, driving under suspension, and careless driving for an incident on April 17 filed by state police. In that incident he took the vehicle of his father without permission. While troopers were at his residence in Towamensing Township, he returned with the vehicle and under the influence of a controlled substance.

On the two DUI counts Nanovic imposed jail terms of 72 hours to six months on each, running consecutively, and fines totalling $2,000, two years license suspensions, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

On the two driving under suspension counts he was fined a total of $400 and on the careless driving $25.

On the unauthorized used he was placed on probation for a year consecutive to the other counts.

He was given credit for a total of 105 days spent in prison of the charges and paroled.

Robert Harold Hernandez, 44, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on March 31 along Mauch Chunk St., by Mahoning Township police. Given a test, the result was .23BAC.

A first offense, Hernandez was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation.

Jeffrey Ryan Strohl, 26, of Weissport, was arrested on April 11 along Bridge St., in Lehighton, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .10BAC.

Strohl was on probation for a prior DUI at the time of the incident and is facing a probation revocation that indicates a jail term of six months be imposed.

Nanovic sentenced him to serve 30 days to six months in jail, a fine of $750, and get a D&A evaluation. The term is consecutive to any probation violation sentence. He was given credit for 30 days spent in jail on the charge and paroled. He remains in custody on the probation violation.

Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee.

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