Judge: Kraynak can still serve as club president
SUNBURY - A doctor convicted last year of driving under the influence of alcohol can attend meetings and conduct official business at the Jan Sobieski Club in Kulpmont in his role as president, according to Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor.
Dr. Raymond Kraynak is not be permitted to sit at the bar or purchase or consume alcoholic beverages at the club, which is also known as the Polish American Society, Saylor added.
Kraynak also will be permitted to enter restaurants where alcohol is served, but is prohibited from entering bars or similar establishments whose primary source of business is the sale of alcoholic beverages.
During a brief hearing Monday afternoon, Saylor modified special conditions he set for Kraynak Dec. 2.
All other bail conditions remain in effect.
Kraynak was represented by attorney Frederick J. Fanelli of Pottsville. Assistant district attorney Michael Toomey, who did not oppose the modification, represented the commonwealth.
In addition to being a Mount Carmel physician, Kraynak also formerly served as a longtime member of Mount Carmel Area School Board.
In late December, Fanelli filed a petition requesting the condition imposed by Saylor that prohibits Kraynak from drinking alcoholic beverages or attending establishments that sell alcohol to be eliminated.
Kraynak, who was found guilty of one count of DUI by Saylor Aug. 30 and was sentenced to 30 days house arrest Dec. 2 while also having his driver's license suspended for one year, remains free on appeal bail.
Besides being placed on house arrest for the first 30 days of his six-month intermediate punishment, the sentencing conditions require Kraynak to be fined $1,000 and complete a DUI education class. The conditions also require him to stay out of bars and refrain from drinking alcohol.
But imposition of the sentencing was deferred until Kraynak's conviction appeal is heard by the state Superior Court, which can take months.
Special condition 'excessive'
In his petition, Fanelli claimed the special condition involving the consumption of alcohol was "excessive and entirely punitive in nature because Kraynak has never failed to appear for a court hearing and has been evaluated by professionals who have determined that he doesn't have a problem with alcohol and is not an alcoholic.
It also stated the special condition "unjustly and unlawfully" prevented Kraynak from engaging in lawful activity such as the consumption of alcohol and frequenting of places that sell alcoholic beverages.
Fanelli claimed the special condition would adversely affect Kraynak's ability to participate in the Polish American Society.
The petition pointed out that Kraynak doesn't have a prior criminal record and is not a flight risk.
Kraynak, 56, was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Matthew Henrich with DUI following an incident at a May 26, 2012, sobriety checkpoint on Route 61 in Coal Township. Kraynak said he thought there had been an accident and stopped to render assistance. Police said he failed field sobriety tests and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Police also said Kraynak's speech was slurred and his face was flushed.
Kraynak, who resided in Kulpmont at the time of the incident but now lives in Mount Carmel, refused to submit to chemical testing.
During a two-hour civil hearing Sept. 17, Northumberland County Judge William H. Wiest dismissed an appeal filed by Kraynak involving an automatic 12-month suspension of his driver's license by PennDOT for his refusal to submit to a blood-alcohol test. If Saylor's sentencing is upheld, Kraynak would lose his license for another year.
Kraynak's conviction does not have any effect on his physician's license.