LOCKPORT – A Level 2 sex offender, who was rescued from a burning car in 2004 after a fatal DWI crash, was arraigned on a felony driving while intoxicated indictment Monday in Niagara County Court.
Kelly P. Chellino, 43, of Park Avenue, Waterport, pleaded not guilty to felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving without headlights and a lane violation. He was arrested Nov. 30 in the City of Lockport.
Chellino has been on the sex offender registry since being convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old girl in 1997. On April 14, 2004, he and another drunken driver, Jason D. Jakubec of Wilson, had a head-on crash on Ridge Road in Lewiston. Trooper Anthony LaRock won several heroism awards for pulling Chellino and passenger Mary Sears, then 21, from their burning car. However, another passenger, Christina M. Jones, 18, of Lockport, died in the fire.
Jakubec, whose car crossed the center line to cause the wreck, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and served 2½ years in prison. Chellino was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in that case.