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Town of Tonawanda man again pleads guilty to felony DWI

LOCKPORT – A third-time drunken driver pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated Tuesday before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

William R. Kowarko, 34, of Hawthorne Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, admitted driving drunk when he was stopped by police in Niagara Falls shortly after 3 a.m. April 8. Kowarko refused the breath test, Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said.

Kloch seemed to be leaning toward probation, as he told Kowarko, “If I find it necessary to incarcerate you, I will allow you to withdraw your plea.” Sentencing is set for Sept. 11.

Kowarko was convicted of DWI in the Town of Tonawanda in 2008 and in Erie County Court in 2010, the latter count being a felony. Kowarko said he is currently in alcohol treatment.