Man admits driving drunk 3 times in 7 months

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man who admitted driving drunk on three separate occasions could go to jail for up to 12 years when he is sentenced next month.

Jeffrey Kassman, 46, of Tonawanda pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of felony DWI and three counts of first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

His first arrest came on November 28, when Kassman was found in his illegally parked, running vehicle at 5:25 a.m. He admitted to police he had been drinking, was charged with DWI and later released on his own recognizance.

Five months later, on April 5, police caught up to Kassman after receiving calls about an erratic driver who struck a parked car. Officers found him passed out and slumped over his steering wheel. He was again arrested for DWI and other charges, and was sent to prison on $500 bail.

On May 23, about six weeks later, Kassman was pulled over in the Town of Tonawanda for not having a license plate lamp. Officers found he was visibly intoxicated and he was again arrested for DWI.

The District Attorney’s Office filed a motion so that while awaiting sentencing on October 8, Kassman will be held at the Erie County Holding Center.

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