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Lockport woman avoids jail in DWI crash with four kids aboard

Five years' probation and a $1,000 fine were the penalties Tuesday for a Lockport woman who was drunk when she crashed her car with her four children aboard.

Brittany A. Tatu (Courtesy Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Brittany A. Tatu, 30, of Ruhlman Road, had pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated for the Aug. 12 wreck on Cambria-Wilson Road in Wilson. She and the children – ages 3, 5, 8 and 9 – were hospitalized.

When she pleaded guilty March 28 before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., Tatu said she downed “four shots” at 10 a.m. Six hours later, her car ran off the road and rolled over several times. Ninety minutes after the crash, a blood test showed an alcohol reading of 0.167 percent, more than twice the legal threshold for intoxication.

Kloch could have imprisoned Tatu for up to four years.

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