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EX-SCHOOL BOARD CHIEF IN DWI PLEA

Former Niagara-Wheatfield School Board President David C. Lapp has pleaded guilty to a driving while intoxicated charge and a reduced charge of driving while impaired in Town Court.

He will be sentenced by Town Justice John P. Teixeira sometime in April pending the completion of a presentencing investigation, a court official said.

Lapp, 51, entered the pleas Wednesday after having been arrested on two drunken-driving charges over a five-month period.

Lapp was arrested on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge at 9:31 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Niagara Factory Outlet Mall parking lot after Patrolman Raymond Tracy alleged that Lapp was blocking traffic in the mall lot and refused to move his car, Town Police Chief John Keller said.

Lapp also was charged with driving while intoxicated and following too closely on Sept. 27, 1994, by Trooper John Aquilina after his car allegedly rear-ended a car driven by a Town of Tonawanda woman at 6:05 p.m. at Porter and Packard roads. Troopers said the woman was stopped for a red light when the accident occurred.

Lapp resigned from the School Board after his initial arrest at least partially, he said, because of the impact the negative publicity had on his health and his family.

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