LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls cab driver, blamed for a one-car crash in a private vehicle that injured a teenage girl, was sentenced to a year in jail Monday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
Daniel W. Lounsbury, 53, of Portage Road, had pleaded guilty to driving while his ability was impaired by a combination of alcohol and drugs. Police said his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.12 percent and he also had been smoking marijuana before the Oct. 11 accident in which he struck a utility pole in the 700 block of 15th Street. The vehicle rolled over, and a 17-year-old girl suffered facial cuts and a back injury.
The girl told authorities that Lounsbury was driving, but Assistant Public Defender Matthew P. Pynn contended that Lounsbury let the unlicensed girl drive because he was too drunk. “She was losing control and he grabbed the wheel, making it worse,” Pynn told Murphy.