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Guilty plea in use of car to run down man over 'ongoing dispute'

A resident of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Lewiston admitted Wednesday that he intentionally drove his car at another man, breaking the victim's leg.

Zachary A. Crogan, 23, of Walmore Road, pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment and risks up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 2 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon.

Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Crogan confronted Kele McAleer on April 19 at McAleer's workplace, Hank's Smoke Shop on Garlow Road on the reservation. Defense attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said the men had "an ongoing dispute."

After an exchange of punches, Crogan drove his car at McAleer. Hoffmann said a surveillance video shows Crogan tried to run over McAleer a second time. Scalzo said the video is "open to interpretation."

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