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Judge imprisons "blotto" driver for nearly striking Pendleton store

LOCKPORT - A  Lockport man who was drunk when his vehicle ran over a parking lot bumper and nearly struck a store was sentenced Wednesday   1-to-3-years in prison.

Philip H. Nasca, 34, of Caledonia Street,  pleaded guilty in November to felony driving while intoxicated, acknowledging he that he had downed about 15 beers before getting behind the wheel in the early afternoon incident July 13 at Kenyon's, a convenience store on Campbell Boulevard in Pendleton.

"You were blitzo, if there is such a word. You were blotto. You were completely out of it," State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told Nasca. "Thank God the trooper was there, or you might have killed someone."

Two troopers were in the parking lot and witnessed the incident. They measured Nasca's blood alcohol content at .26 percent, more than three times the legal limit for intoxication.

Nasca was unlicensed because of a previous DWI conviction from 2010 in Pendleton. "You have not experienced enough consequences," Kloch told him.



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