Woman sentenced for third DUI offense

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WAYNESBURG – A Carmichaels woman sentenced to a mandatory 1 to 5 years for her third driving under the influence of alcohol offense may only have to spend a maximum 60 days in jail, according to a sentence given Wednesday by Greene County Judge Farley Toothman.


Marie L. Sokol, 63, of 115 Cross St., was arrested for DUI after being stopped June 1 by Cumberland Township police for an equipment violation. Police said Sokol smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.185 percent.


Sokol pleaded guilty to the charges in September. It was her third DUI offense within the last 10 years.


In sentencing her Wednesday, Toothman gave her the mandatory 1 to 5 years in prison but made a condition that she serve only 90 days in the county jail and the remaining time on house arrest with electronic monitoring.


He further ordered Sokol can be considered for early parole from jail after 60 days to attend inpatient rehabilitation.


The order further states the court will reserve parole authority in the case for the entire five years. Sokol was fined $2,525.


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