Carbon County court — DUI
A total of nine defendants entered guilty pleas on Thursday to driving under the influence charges in Carbon County court.
President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas from the following:
Joseph Edward Cooper, 33, of Tamaqua, was arrested on Dec. 13, 2016, by Mahoning Township police along Route 443 after police responded to a crash. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance. He also pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cooper is currently an inmate in the Montgomery County prison serving a seven- to 23-month term. He was due to be paroled Friday.
On the DUI charge Nanovic sentenced him to serve five days to six months in prison, a fine of $2,500, one-year license suspension and zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use. On the drug count he was sentenced to serve 30 days to one year concurrent with the DUI charge and concurrent with Montgomery County sentence.
Joseph A. Everett, 61, of Bath, was arrested on Feb. 22, 2017, by Palmerton police along Mauch Chunk Road. He also pleaded to one count of recklessly endangering another person.
He was originally charged with 22 counts including fleeing or attempting to elude police and various summary motor vehicle code violations, but 20 counts were dropped in a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office.
The police report indicated Everett fled officers at a high rate of speed, clocked at 84 mph in a 55 zone, before being stopped. He admitted using methamphetamine earlier. Also found in the vehicle was a spiked ball attached to a chain with a handle. Everett is currently an inmate in the state correctional institution at Houtzdale, Clearfield County, on a parole violation.
Sentencing was deferred.
Dylan Ross Furry, 22, of Jenson Beach, Florida, pleaded to two counts of DUI and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested on the first count on Feb. 24, 2017, along Route 443 by Lehighton police. The second arrest was on May 7, 2017, along Delaware Avenue by Palmerton police. Drug paraphernalia was found in that stop. In both stops a test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.
Sentencing was deferred so Furry can apply for placement in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program — house arrest.
Jodi A. Palmer, 36, of Lehighton, was arrested on Sept. 15, 2017, along Bank Street in Bowmanstown by state police at Lehighton. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.
She was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000 and one-year license suspension.
She will begin the jail term at 10 a.m. on July 10.
Bradford David Powell, of Palmyra, Lebanon County, was arrested on Oct. 16, 2016, by Palmerton police along Route 248 when he was stopped for speeding, 82 in a 55 zone. A minor at the time, a test revealed a 0.02 BAC.
A first offense, he was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300. The term is consecutive to a DUI sentence he is serving in Lehigh County.
Arlene Alice Farrell, 60, of Kunkletown, was arrested on Sept. 15, 2016, in the parking lot of the Lehighton state police barracks off Route 209 in Towamensing Township. She pleaded to a count involving alcohol with a count involving a controlled substance dropped in a plea bargain.
Sentencing was deferred so Farrell can obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.
Rhonda Lee David, 46, of Lehighton, was arrested on March 13, 2016, along Mill Road in Lower Towamensing Township by state police at Lehighton. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.
Sentencing was deferred so she can obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.
Nathan Terrell Howard, 37, of Allentown, was arrested on June 25, 2017, by park rangers at Beltzville State Park in the “B” lot area. He also pleaded to one count of endangering the welfare of a child. A 4-year-old female was a front seat passenger in the vehicle.
Sentencing was deferred so Howard can obtain a comprehensive drug and alcohol evaluation.
Matthew M. Wurst, 29, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on Nov. 13, 2017, along Route 903 in Penn Forest Township by state police at Fern Ridge. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.
Sentencing was deferred so Wurst can obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs of about $1,000, a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole or probation and follow any recommendation of the drug and alcohol evaluation.