By Sandy Scarmack
Herald Staff Writer
MERCER COUNTY —
Mercer County Commissioner Brian Beader agreed to be placed in the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program related to charges that he was driving drunk last summer after the Small Ships Revue in Sharon.
Beader, 43, of Hermitage, answered, “Yes, your honor” when President Judge Thomas Dobson asked if he understood the terms of the ARD program, which allows for a limited suspension of his driver’s license, payment of court fees and 25 hours’ community service.
The option is available, at the discretion of the court, to first-time drunken driving offenders and, if completed successfully for a year, allows the charges to be dismissed and the record expunged, said Dobson.
Beader sat with 12 others, seven women and five men, facing the same charges and was read the exact same stipulations.
Dobson required Beader to turn over his driver’s license and said because his blood-alcohol level at the time of the arrest on June 30 was 0.187, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, his driving privileges would be suspended for 60 days.
Dobson said Beader had undergone a drug and alcohol evaluation and no further treatment was recommended.
Beader, who is serving his third term as a county commissioner, said he had no comment after Thursday’s proceedings. Asked if the suspension of his driver’s license would affect his ability to attend meetings and other government functions, Beader said, “I will continue to do my best to fulfill my duties as a commissioner. I do not intend to miss any meetings.”