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Palmerton man sentenced to county prison term for DUI, resisting arrest

A Palmerton man was sentenced last Monday to a county prison term on driving under the influence, resisting arrest and a charge of possession/sale/use display of documents to which he previously entered guilty pleas.

Troy Allen Bryfogle, 57, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of six to one day less 24 months in prison on the charges.

On the DUI count he was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,500 and his license was suspended for a year.

He was arrested on Jan. 19, 2018, by Lehighton police following a vehicle stop for an expired registration. A further investigation revealed the registration plate on the vehicle Bryfogle was driving belonged to a different vehicle, and there was also an expired inspection sticker. Police then attempted to take Bryfogle into custody for DUI and he resisted the officers.

Serfass noted that Bryfogle has an lengthy prior criminal record, but it dated back to 2005.

Bryfogle said he turned his life around then relapsed, admitting illegal drug use got him into trouble. He told the court his drug use “took me down the wrong road.” He added, “I’m different these days. I went straight,” claiming he left the drug culture scene.

He was also ordered to render 100 hours of community service, pay court costs of about $1,000 and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole.

Requests for weekend sentence or house arrest were denied.

He will begin the jail term at 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 and was granted immediate work release privileges.