5 plead to drunken driving counts
A total of five defendants entered guilty pleas in pending driving under the influence cases on Tuesday in Carbon County court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Those who pleaded included:
Terrence Stephen Roberts, 24, of Easton, and formerly of Lehighton, was arrested on July 6, 2013, along Mahoning Drive by Mahoning Township police. Police responded to a report of a motorcycle crash and the vehicle on fire. Roberts fled the scene but was later located and found in possession of heroin. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance. He also pleaded to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
On the DUI charge, Matika sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, one-year license suspension, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, render 25 hours of community service, and make total restitution for damages of $7,722.
On the paraphernalia charge he was placed on probation for six months, concurrent to the DUI count.
He was given credit for three days already spent in jail on the charge and paroled. It was noted there are other criminal charges pending against him.
Catherine M. Stover, 43, of Weatherly, was arrested on March 8 along Route 93 by Nesquehoning police following a vehicle stop. Given a test, the result was 0.16 BAC.
Matika placed her on probation for six months and ordered her to get a D&A evaluation, pay a fine of $300 and render 25 hours of community service.
Timothy Doyne, 29, of Lansford, was arrested on May 3 along East Abbott Street, by Lansford police. He refused to submit to a test and has lost his license for a year.
Matika deferred sentencing so Doyne could apply for placement in the Intermediate Punishment Program.
Lori Ann Melicharek, 33, of Nesquehoning, was arrested on Dec. 18, 2013, at the borough police station, where she had gone to report an unrelated incident. Police noted she had a 7-year-old child in the car at the time. She refused a test and lost her license for a year for the refusal.
Matika sentenced her to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, pay a fine of $1,000, another year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, and render 100 hours of community service.
She will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 11.
Andrew Rutch, 32, of Nesquehoning, was arrested on Feb. 22 along Catawissa Street by Nesquehoning police. Given a test, the result was 0.27 BAC.
He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300 and render 25 hours of community service.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average over $1,500 for DUI cases, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.