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Carbon County court – DUI

Published July 22. 2019 01:07PM

A total of 12 defendants in driving under the influences cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Amy R. Patton, 43, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on June 6, 2018, by state police at Lehighton along Route 903 in Franklin Township. She refused a test.

Serfass sentenced her to serve five days to six months in jail, pay a fine of $500, one-year license suspension and render 25 hours of community service.

She was given credit for 30 days spent in an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program and paroled.

Lewis Lloyd Searfoss, 45, of Lansford, was arrested on Oct. 5, 2018, by Lansford police along Abbott Street. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Sentencing was deferred so Searfoss can obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation and also apply for placement in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program, house arrest.

Anthony King Dates, 58, of Philadelphia, was arrested on Aug. 29, 2018, by state police at the Pocono barracks along the turnpike in East Penn Township. A test revealed a 0.15 BAC.

Sentencing was deferred so he can obtain a D&A evaluation.

Jason Kenneth Schimenek, 42, of Kunkletown, was arrested on March 5 by state police at Lehighton along Route 209 in Towamensing Township. A test revealed a 0.15 BAC.

A first offense, he was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300 and render 25 hours of community service.

Jean Marie Strubeck, 54, of Bath, Northampton County, was arrested on July 17, 2018, by state police at Lehighton along Cherry Hill Road in Franklin Township. She refused a test.

Serfass sentenced her to serve five days to six months in jail, pay a fine of $300 and one-year license suspension.

She will serve the prison term beginning July 26 at 3 p.m. for three days and Aug. 1 at 3 p.m., two days.

Thomas Richard Lux, 58, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on Feb. 14, 2018, by state police at Lehighton along Route 248 at Bowmanstown. A test revealed a 0.10 BAC.

A first offense, he was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300 and render 25 hours of community service.

Christian Torres, 22, of Albrightsville, was arrested on Nov. 26, 2016, by state police at Lehighton along Behrens Road in Penn Forest Township. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance. He was previously placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program but revoked from it for violating conditions.

Sentencing was deferred so he can obtain a D&A evaluation.

Franklin Roy Piro, 20, Palmerton, was arrested on March 7 along Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township by state police at Lehighton. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Serfass sentenced him to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, pay a fine of $1,000, one-year license suspension and render 25 hours of community service.

Piro is currently serving a six to 12 months prison term in Carbon for a parole violation. Serfass ruled his sentence runs consecutive to that term.

Cody J. Wescoe, 34, of Lehighton, was arrested on March 8 by state police at Lehighton along Route 209 in Towamensing Township. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Sentencing was deferred so Wescoe can obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Angela P. McGlinchey, 43, of Lansford, was arrested on March 26, 2018, by Summit Hill police. Police were dispatched to the Miners Market for a report of an unconscious woman in a vehicle. On scene, officers found McGlinchey behind the wheel of a vehicle with the engine running. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Sentencing was deferred so she can obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Aaron G. Long, 30, of Palmerton, was arrested on May 26, 2018, along Lafayette Avenue by Palmerton police. A test revealed a 0.18 BAC.

Sentencing was deferred so he can apply for placement in the IPP.

Paimal A. Benoit, 42, of Blakeslee, was arrested on Jan. 28, 2017, along Route 534 in Kidder Township by state police at Fern Ridge. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Sentencing was deferred so he can obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation and apply for the IPP.

Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs of about $1,000, a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole and follow any recommendation of their drug and alcohol evaluation.

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