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A Buffalo man whose driver’s license has been suspended or revoked 18 times over the last 10 years gave police a novel excuse when he was pulled over in April.

He told officers he was planning to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles the next day to clear up his license, prosecutors said.

Damario James, 31, of Van Gorder Street, was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

James pleaded guilty to the charge this week. He admitted that he was driving April 24 on Fillmore Avenue knowing that his license had been revoked after a 2009 DWI conviction.

He faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 4 by Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher H. Gresham prosecuted the case.

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