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Falls man pleads guilty to two DWI felonies

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man with three prior drunken driving convictions pleaded guilty to two more Monday in State Supreme Court.

Joseph J. Pawlik, 31, of Fifth Street, admitted to a pair of felony counts of driving while intoxicated, resulting from arrests Feb. 22 and May 16, both in Lewiston. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he will sentence Pawlik concurrently, meaning a maximum of four years in prison for Pawlik when he returns to court March 21, after a stint in an inpatient rehabilitation program.

Defense attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said Pawlik faces “a good chance of a lifetime driving ban, based on the amount of priors he has.” Pawlik was convicted of impaired driving in 2005 and DWI in 2005 and 2007, the latter of which was a felony.