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Niagara Falls councilman pleads guilty to DWI

Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra P. Scott Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

Scott, however, can earn a reduction to impaired driving, if he stays out of trouble during six months of interim probation. If he does so, he would not have a criminal record.

Lockport City Judge William J. Watson accepted the proposal from the Niagara County District Attorney's Office and set sentencing for Dec. 18.

Watson, who received the case after all Falls judges recused themselves, ordered Scott to perform 75 hours of community service. The judge also granted a hardship license, allowing Scott to drive only to Falls City Hall and to his jobs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Realty USA in Lewiston.

Ezra P. Scott Jr.

"This was a one-time mistake that will never be repeated," defense attorney John V. Elmore said.

Scott was arrested March 11 after crashing into a parked car and a pole on Hyde Park Boulevard in the Falls.

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