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'PARTY GUY' DRUNKEN DRIVER SENT TO JAIL

A "party kind of guy" was sentenced today to serve a 2-to-4-year prison term for two drunken-driving episodes, including a stolen car chase that ended with another motorist being injured.

Richard D. Darnley, 33, of 335 Abbott Road, also was rebuked for his chronic drinking and immature behavior.

Erie County Judge Joseph P. McCarthy rebuked Darnley for his "pattern of frivolous" behavior and Darnley told probation officers that he was "a party kind of guy."

On Sept. 11, Darnley sped off from a routine State Police checkpoint on Route 16 near the Aurora Expressway in West Seneca and later struck a car driven by Judith Monnin, 41, of Geary St.

Ms. Monnin suffered facial injuries. Darnley broke his right foot in the crash.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Darnley pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to drunken driving and reckless endangerment charges in the Sept. 11 crash and to drunken driving for an Aug. 22 Buffalo arrest.

Carol Giarrizzo Bridge, chief of the district attorney's drunken driving bureau, said prosecutors dropped 17 other counts, including auto theft, because Darnley's plea subjected him to the same maximum 4-to-7 1/2 -year prison term he faced if convicted on all the counts.

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