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Convicted drunken driver jailed for drugged driving

LOCKPORT – James B. DeLong thought he was doing his girlfriend a favor Sept. 25 by taking the wheel when the woman was too drunk to drive, but it ended up costing him a year in jail.

That was the sentence from Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Friday for DeLong, 30, of 22nd Street, Niagara Falls. DeLong was barred from driving by the terms of his probation for a 2012 felony driving while intoxicated conviction. He was under the influence of prescription narcotics when he was arrested while driving in the City of Lockport, and pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by drugs.

Meanwhile, two other drunken drivers pleaded guilty Friday before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., who scheduled sentencing for Aug. 4.

Reid C. Bracken, 59, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda, admitted to felony DWI for his Jan. 23 arrest in Wheatfield, where his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent.

Benjamin J. Taylor, 24, of Quaker Road, Barker, admitted to misdemeanor DWI for a Nov. 1 incident in which he drove into a tree on Quaker Road, which injured him and his girlfriend. Police measured Taylor’s blood alcohol content at 0.11 percent.