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Woman pleads guilty in New Year’s Day drunken driving incident

A New Year’s Day drunken driving trip that ended when a motorist following the vehicle called police after the erratic driver hit two cars and continued on her way to a Buffalo tavern has led to a guilty plea.

Audra Sandy, 40, of Sage Avenue, pleaded guilty last week to felony driving while intoxicated and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Sandy, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter in 1998 in Genesee County, faces a maximum of one to three years in prison when she is sentenced July 21 by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher H. Gresham said Sandy was driving drunk about 10 a.m. Jan. 1 when she hit a vehicle parked in the driveway of a West Seneca home and drove away into Buffalo.

Her vehicle then jumped a curb and struck another vehicle in the parking lot of a laundry. While backing out of the lot, she ran into a pylon, then continued driving on Seneca Street.

After she hit a street sign, she pulled into a store parking lot where she was blocked by another motorist who had been following her and called police.

She got out of her vehicle and was arrested as she walked toward the nearby tavern. She had a blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent, more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

In the Genesee County case, Sandy was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation after she crashed into a house in the Town of Alabama while driving drunk.

Her passenger later died of injuries he suffered in the crash.

She also was convicted of DWI in 2006.

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