A Lynbrook, New York man pled guilty last week to his twelfth charge of driving while intoxicated. Sean Crane built up that resume over more than thirty years of driving on the streets of Long Island. In fact, the convictions were evenly divided, six in Suffolk County and the other six in Nassau. He previously served prison time for two of the prior convictions, but his current problems appear to be even more significant.
The recent plea relates to an incident that took place in May of last year. Police say that Crane was traveling east on Merrick Road in Oceanside in his girlfriend’s car (she denies giving him permission to drive the car) when he hit an elderly couple who were walking on the side of the roadway. Crane swerved to avoid them, but his side view mirror struck the woman, breaking her wrist and pushing her into her husband. When all was said and done, the woman had road rash in addition to the broken wrist, and the man’s Achilles tendon was torn, and he also suffered a head wound.
Needless to say, Crane was driving without a valid license, and police say that his blood alcohol content was 0.20 two hours after the accident. Here’s the list of charges that were filed against him:
- Felony aggravated DWI;
- Felony DWI (two counts);
- Unauthorized use of a vehicle in the first degree, a class D felony;
- Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (first, second and third degree);
- Third degree assault (two counts);
- Reckless endangerment; and
- Reckless driving.
Since a plea bargain has already been reached, we haven’t bothered to figure out the total number of years Crane could have been sentenced to if convicted on the charges. But the plea deal will not result in Crane being let off lightly. The agreement is that in exchange for enter a guilty plea, he will be sentenced to between five and fourteen years in prison. That may seem like a stiff sentence for drunk driving, but it’s another example of the consequences that you may face if you drink and then get behind the wheel of a car.
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