LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda bartender charged with felony driving while intoxicated due to a previous conviction was sentenced to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired after a non-jury trial before Judge Matthew J. Murphy III in Niagara County Court today.
Connie S. Lekki, 50, of 19th Avenue, admitted in court that she was previously convicted of driving while intoxicated on Oct. 30, 2003 in Amherst, but her attorney, Mark Saltarelli argued that she was “at most impaired" when she was pulled over by North Tonawanda Police on Oliver Street near Robinson Road at 1:55 a.m. on May 3.
Lekki told police that she worked as a bartender at the Broadway Hotel in the city and had three or four vodkas, but denied being drunk. She refused to take a breath test according to police. Officers told the court she appeared intoxicated.
After the short trial, Murphy found Lekki guilty of the reduced charge of driving while ability impaired and upheld two other charges, failure to keep right and failure to use a designated lane.
She will be sentenced on Jan. 15.