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Repeat drunken driver pleads guilty during trial

LOCKPORT – Curt W. Stumm of East Amherst, who has been arrested 11 times on alcohol-related driving offenses, pleaded guilty Thursday, the third day of his trial in Niagara County Court, to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III promised Stumm, 63, of Tonawanda Creek Road, no more than a year in jail when he is sentenced Nov. 6.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner told the jury that Stumm was arrested Oct. 11 when a fellow customer at the First Niagara Bank automatic teller machine at South Transit and Tonawanda Creek roads in Pendleton called police. The man said he saw Stumm drive off after trying unsuccessfully for several minutes to use the machine. He said Stumm seemed drunk.

A Niagara County sheriff’s deputy arrested Stumm in the drive-through lane of a nearby Tim Hortons on the Erie County side of the border, on Transit Road just north of Millersport Highway. Stumm’s blood alcohol content was measured at. 19 percent.

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