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Two get jail terms for drunk driving

Published January 14. 2014 05:00PM

Two Carbon County men were sentenced to county prison terms on Monday in the county court after previously pleading guilty to driving under the influence and related counts.

The two appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Rodney Allen Rider, 40, of Jim Thorpe, sentenced to serve 90 days to five years on a DUI count and 90 days on a driving under suspension-DUI related charge. The terms run concurrently.

He was arrested on May 26, 2013, by state police at Lehighton along SR209 in Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Nanovic also ordered Rider to pay a fine of $1,500 on the DUI count and $1,000 on the suspension charge, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, license suspended for 18 months on the DUI and will get another year for the suspension count, and was granted work release privileges. He will begin the jail term on Jan. 20 at 5 p.m.

Jeffrey Joseph Sestok, 58, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison.

He was arrested on March 1, 2013, along Anderson Drive in Towamensing Township, by state police at Lehighton. He refused a blood test and lost his license for a year for the refusal.

At his guilty plea proceeding, held on Sept. 6, 2013, Sestok went to the adult probation office to apply for placement in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP). Probation office personnel detected alcohol on Sestok and gave him a probable breath test that revealed a .04 BAC. Because of the incident he was denied IPP consideration.

Nanovic also ordered him to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, fined him $1,500, and license suspended for 18 months. He began the jail term immediately.

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

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