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NT man jailed for driving drunk in stolen car

LOCKPORT – James M. Martin, who was charged with stealing his former girlfriend’s car and driving it while he was drunk, was sentenced Monday by Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. M urphy III to two years in the County Jail.

Martin, 42, of Goundry Street, North Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and second-degree criminal contempt. The woman had an order of protection against Martin, who took her car keys after a confrontation Sept. 19 in an Oliver Street bar. North Tonawanda police quickly stopped him for driving without headlights.

Martin said in court Monday that he hadn’t driven a vehicle in 10 years. However, records show that he served state prison time for felony DWI and first-degree criminal contempt from 2007 to 2010.