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6 Years In Prison For L.I. Man Convicted Of 12th DWI

Sean Crane's String Of Arrests Goes Back To 1981
Sean Crane has been convicted of 12 DWIs. (credit: Nassau County District Attorney's Office)

Sean Crane has been convicted of 12 DWIs. (credit: Nassau County District Attorney’s Office)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A chronic drunken driver has been sentenced to six years in prison, following his 12th arrest on Long Island this past fall.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Saturday, Sean Crane, 51, has been convicted of driving while intoxicated 12 times since 1981, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.

Now, he will spend six years behind bars after pleading guilty to the latest incident.

The latest conviction stems from an accident in May 2012, District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in October. She added that in that crash, Crane struck and injured a 76-year-old Merrick woman who was walking south across a roadway while holding hands with her 78-year-old husband.

The man and woman survived, but both were injured.

At the time of the accident, Crane’s blood alcohol level was .20 – two and a half times the legal limit.

“This defendant’s history of repeated drunk driving offenses is proof that the only way to protect our community from the most dangerous offenders is to put them in prison,” Rice said in an October news release. “Our roads are a safer place today with Mr. Crane behind bars.”

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