Mark D. Abbott, 57, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday before Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk on a felony indictment for drunken driving and resisting arrest after state police stopped him as he allegedly drove erratically on the northbound Niagara Thruway in Cheektowaga about 8 a.m. June 10.
Abbott of Skillen Street was convicted of criminally negligent homicide for the deaths of three people in an Amherst drag race along Maple Road over three and one-half decades ago and also has four prior DWI convictions, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
Abbott, who declined comment following his arraignment, faces trial on felony DWI, resisting arrest, failure to signal and failure to maintain a lane for the June 10 incident. Sedita said Abbott faces a prison term of up to five years if convicted of his latest arrest. According to a state police report Abbott allegedly used his vehicle and the highway’s guardrail to maintain his balance during field sobriety tests when he will pulled over on June 10 and resisted arrest and tried to flee in his vehicle after being told he was being charged by troopers.