A Buffalo woman with a record of drunken-driving arrests dating from a fatal 1998 crash in Genesee County was sentenced Monday to a year in the Erie County Correctional Facility on her latest felony DWI conviction.
State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang told Audra Sandy that she should never get behind the wheel of a car again, citing her record including a conviction for vehicular manslaughter 16 years ago.
“You’re lucky you didn’t hurt anybody else this time,” the judge told her, referring to the defendant’s New Year’s Day drunken driving trip that ended after she hit two cars on her way to a Buffalo tavern.
The judge ordered Sandy to serve a year in jail followed by five years’ probation. She also revoked her driver’s license.
Sandy, 40, of Sage Avenue, had pleaded guilty in April to felony driving while intoxicated and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident. She could have faced up to three years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher H. Gresham said Sandy was driving while drunk at 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.
Sandy also was convicted of DWI in 2006.