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A Buffalo man whose driver’s license has been suspended or revoked 18 times over the last 10 years was placed on five years’ probation and fined $500 for driving last year after a license revocation linked to a 2009 DWI conviction.

Damario James, 31, of Van Gorder Street, told Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico he is working to pay off the fines he has received over the years for driving while his license was suspended or revoked and is taking a driver improvement class to get his license back.

In placing James on probation, the judge told him that he must seek the court’s approval before his license is reissued and that he must not drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.

The judge warned James that he will send him to jail if he violates his probation.

James faces 1-1/3 to four years in prison if he violates probation, according to Assistant District Attorney Christopher H. Gresham.

James pleaded guilty in November to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted that he was driving April 24 on Fillmore Avenue knowing that his license had been revoked after the 2009 DWI conviction.

When police pulled him over last year and asked him about his revoked license, James told officers he was planning to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles the next day to clear up his license, prosecutors said.

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