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Lockport man admits drugged driving in crash that injured 3

A Lockport man risks up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to driving under the influence of methadone, codeine and morphine when his vehicle smashed head-on into another April 15 on Ridge Road in Hartland.

Matthew W. Lukasik, 31, of Windermere Road, admitted to first-degree vehicular assault and impaired driving. Lukasik, an Army combat veteran, is eligible for drug counseling in Niagara County Veterans Court in hopes of earning a plea reduction. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. made no promises and scheduled sentencing Feb. 1.

Three Newfane residents were injured: the other driver, Maren Smith, and passengers Ellen Matesic and Matesic's 1-year-old child. In a lawsuit, Matesic contends that Lukasik was released from a VA drug rehab center the day before the crash and shouldn't have been.

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