Batavia woman convicted of drunk driving may avoid prison under new treatment program
Submitted by Billie Owens on September 25, 2012 - 11:19am
A Batavia woman, convicted of drunk driving and parole violation, may be able to avoid state prison under a new multifaceted program.
Twenty-six-year-old Michelle Crawford appeared in Genesee County Court this morning. She was to have been sentenced for violating her probation following an accident in Byron.
She was also convicted of misdemeanor DUI charge in Erie County last March.
During her court appearance this morning, Judge Robert Noonan told Crawford that nothing other than state prison was appropriate in her case.
However, Noonan agreed to go along with a new program that allows Crawford to serve an interim probation involving in-patient alcohol treatment and supervision. It will also require that she wear a bracelet capable of detecting alcohol consumption.
Upon completing the program, Noonan said, Crawford may be able to avoid state prison.
The case was adjourned until Oct. 16 to allow her lawyer to set up the program, which is administered through the Buffalo City Court.