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Repeat drunk driver is spared prison

LOCKPORT – A Newfane woman who was arrested for driving while intoxicated twice in a month was placed on five years’ probation Tuesday and ordered to wear an alcohol monitor called a “SCRAM bracelet” on her ankle for a year.

Mary R. Ball, 40, of East Avenue, had a previous 2008 DWI conviction when she was arrested Feb. 21 in the City of Lockport. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI count March 19 in City Court March 19, but two days later, she was arrested again in Newfane, where she rang up a .18 blood alcohol reading. That led the District Attorney’s Office to seek to cancel the misdemeanor plea. On June 23, Ball pleaded guilty to a felony DWI count to satisfy both sets of charges.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. was especially concerned about the March 21 arrest, because the evidence showed that 48 hours after pleading guilty, Ball downed a “high-gravity alcohol content beer” after work.

“When people do that, they want to get smashed as quickly as possible,” Kloch said. Also smashed were some parked cars, struck by Ball’s vehicle after she drove to visit her daughter.

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