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Carbon County court — DUI

Published February 13. 2018 03:26PM

A Kunkletown woman was sentenced to a prison term in Carbon County court on Monday on two driving under the influence charges.

She was one of nine defendants to enter guilty pleas to DUI counts before President Roger N. Nanovic II.

High counts

Kristin Doran, 45, pleaded guilty to a DUI charge stemming from an incident on April 16, 2016, along Kunkletown Road, in Towamensing Township, filed by state police at Lehighton. She previously pleaded to another DUI count for an incident on June 19, 2017, along Pohopoco Drive, also in Towamensing Township.

In both incidents, Nanovic noted, a blood test showed the blood alcohol content to be very high. In the 2016 incident a test revealed a 0.26 BAC; and the 2017 incident a 0.30 BAC.

Nanovic said the high readings were a concern for the court. He said, “The excessive blood-alcohol readings are exasperating your medical condition.”

Doran had told the court she has medical problems including depression, for which she is receiving counseling.

On the first count Nanovic placed her on probation for six months and imposed a fine of $300.

On the second count Doran was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in prison, a fine of $1,000 and a one-year license suspension. On a charge of driving under suspension, DUI related, which she previously pleaded to, she was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. The jail terms run concurrently.

She will serve the prison term on consecutive weekends beginning Feb. 23 at noon.

Other pleas

Robert Michael Johnson, 24, of Palmerton, was arrested on Aug. 13, 2017, along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton by state police at Lehighton. A test revealed a 0.18 BAC.

He was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in prison, a fine of $1,000 and a one-year license suspension.

He will serve the prison term on consecutive weekends beginning Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Jestine Elizabeth Woolson, 40, for Palmerton, was arrested on Dec. 29, 2017, by Lehighton police following a traffic stop. She was stopped because the vehicle she was driving was reported stolen. She also pleaded to a charge of authorized use of an automobile in connection with the stolen vehicle report.

Woolson is currently an inmate in the county prison on the charges and is facing a probation/parole violation proceeding in Lehigh County.

On the DUI charge Nanovic sentenced her to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000 and one-year license suspension. She was given credit for 45 days already served and paroled. On the unauthorized use count she was sentenced to time-served (45 days) to 18 months and make restitution of $633 for damages to the vehicle. A condition of her parole is she must enter a long-term, inpatient rehab program.

Travis Noel Everett, 40, of Lehighton, was arrested on Aug. 27, 2017, by state police at Lehighton along Route 248 at Bowmanstown. He refused a test.

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

Tyrelle Suttle, 28, of Bethlehem, was arrested on Aug. 20, 2017, along Constitution Avenue by Lehighton police. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Sentencing was deferred so he can obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation. He is currently an inmate in the Northampton County prison awaiting sentencing on other charges.

Kristina Dawn Kadian, 29, of Morrisdale, Clearfield County, was arrested on May 6, 2016, at the Franklin Township police station. She came to the station in response to a domestic incident occurring previously along Indian Hill Road. At the station, officers determined she was under the influence and took her for a test, which revealed the presence of a controlled substance. She was previously placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program but was revoked for violating conditions.

She also pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident on July 16, 2016, along Broad Street filed by Beaver Meadows police following a traffic stop.

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

Joseph John Kovatch Jr., 47, of Nesquehoning, was arrested on Oct. 21, 2017, by Lehighton police along Mahoning Street after being stopped for speeding. A test revealed a 0.11 BAC.

A first offense for sentencing purposes, he was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300.

John Gartner, 32, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on Sept. 23, 2017, along Second Street by Lehighton police. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

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

Erick J. Rivera, 26, of Lake Harmony, was arrested on Oct. 16, 2017, by state police at Fern Ridge along Route 903 in Penn Forest Township. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

He was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000 and one-year license suspension.

The sentence runs concurrent with a jail term he is serving. He is also facing a parole violation proceeding.

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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