A candidate for Wyoming County commissioner, hoping to have a DUI expunged from his record, was granted a six-month extension.
Rick Hiduk, 56, appeared before Senior Judge Kenneth Seamans Monday afternoon for an ARD revocation hearing, but instead was granted an additional 6-month period to clear his record.
Hiduk is one of three Democrats running for commissioner in the May primary election.
Hiduk was charged with driving under the influence for an incident just after midnight Feb. 26, 2017, when Meshoppen police pulled his vehicle over for speeding.
Hiduk consented to a field sobriety test and also was found to have a .179 blood alcohol level.
After DUI charges were bound over to Wyoming County Court, President Judge Russell Shurtleff, allowed Hiduk to participate in an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program, which began on June 14, 2017.
An ARD allows offenders of non-violent crimes with limited records to work toward having offenses removed from their records.
Under the ARD, he was obligated to pay fees, abstain from alcohol use, attend and pay tuition for alcohol safe driving school and complete 20 hours of community service.
His license was suspended for two months and he was also given one year of probation.
According to court records, Hiduk tested positive for alcohol 11 months into the program on May 31, 2018, through a urine test at Tyler Memorial Hospital.
After violating the ARD, he was summoned to court to make a case for why his status in the program should not be revoked.
Since June of last year, a revocation hearing has been continued six times.
At the revocation hearing Monday, Michaels said Hiduk admits to undergoing a test, but he does not believe it stipulated a violation, as it is his contention the findings were incorrect.
Rather than revoking the ARD, Judge Seamans allowed for the addition of a six-month probation period.
Seamans reminded Hiduk that he is prohibited from drinking alcohol and must follow all other policies outlined in his ARD agreement.