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Double drunk driver seems headed for prison

LOCKPORT – Luther I. Douglas Jr., a Niagara Falls man who was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge the day after he pleaded guilty to a previous DWI, pleaded guilty to the newest charge Friday in State Supreme Court and may go to prison for as long as seven years when he returns before Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. on Aug. 7.

Douglas, 28, of Walnut Avenue, pleaded guilty to a Class E felony count of DWI in connection with his March 28 arrest, which came the day after his guilty plea to a Class D felony DWI charge, as well as third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. That resulted from Douglas being drunk when he stole and crashed a pickup truck on Niagara Street in the Falls on March 23, 2014. Kloch said he will make the sentences for the two cases run concurrently.

The March 27 plea deal, in a case that Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said could have been called a carjacking, included the dismissal of another DWI arrest from Jan. 31. Friday’s guilty plea was Douglas’ fourth DWI conviction since 2007.