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Niagara Falls woman takes plea deal in DWI crash, police chase

LOCKPORT - Diana M. Flinn could serve as long as seven years in state prison after pleading guilty Monday to triggering a crash that injured four people in Niagara Falls last year.

Diana M. Flinn

Flinn admitted to first-degree vehicular assault and a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated for the April 23 crash at LaSalle Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard. She said she also was under the influence of cocaine and marijuana at the time.

Police said Flinn's blood alcohol content measured .17 percent, more than twice the legal threshold for intoxication, when she ran a red light and T-boned another vehicle. Both autos then struck a third vehicle.

Resolving a 44-count indictment, Flinn also admitted to a felony count of aggravated unlicensed driving, stemming from a July 1 police chase in Lewiston in which town police said her vehicle rammed a patrol car twice. She reportedly refused to take a breath test after that pursuit, which ended on Upper Mountain Road.

In both incidents, Flinn drove stolen vehicles that she took after their owners left them running, police reported.

Flinn, 40, who listed addresses on Mount Hope Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation and on 10th Street in Niagara Falls, has eight DWI arrests on her record, as well as a 2006 felony assault conviction, for which she served two years in prison after violating probation. She is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail in the Niagara County Jail, awaiting sentencing by Kloch May 1.


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