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LOCKPORT – Lester Lamar Jr. paid the price Thursday for washing out of the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment: five years in state prison and three years of post-release supervision.

That’s the punishment Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas hung on Lamar for his original guilty plea to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Lamar, 26, of C Street, Niagara Falls, sold crack cocaine in a Town of Niagara parking lot March 28, 2011, and then led police on a car chase during which he sideswiped a house and struck a utility pole. He entered diversion in December 2011, but was booted in October for continuing to use drugs and showing little interest in the treatment rules.