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Buffalo woman faces possible prison term for third drunk driving arrest

A 32-year-old Eden Street woman pleaded not guilty before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller Friday to an indictment charging her with two counts of feloniously driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it.

Tammy Karek faces a possible state prison term of up to four years if convicted of what would be her third conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol since 2005, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said.

Karek was arrested by West Seneca Police Officer Matthew Kriegbaum after he observed her striking the vehicle driven by 93-year-old Carl Dimmig as he turned into his driveway on Potter Road in West Seneca late on Jan. 28. Kriegbaum stopped Karek’s car several blocks away. Her blood alcohol level was 0.15 per cent nearly twice the state’s legal limit, Sedita said.

Dimmig and his 88-year-old wife, Ruth, suffered only minor injures. Karek, who was convicted of drunken driving in April 2007 and driving while impaired by alcohol in June 2005, if convicted, faces a possible prison term of up to four years.