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A Buffalo woman arrested three times on drunken driving charges was sentenced today to five years probation for felony driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident earlier this year in West Seneca.

Tammy Karek, 33, of Eden Street, also was ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet, have an ignition interlock device installed on her vehicle and attend DUI court and a victim impact panel session.

State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller ordered a one-year revocation of her driver’s license and imposed fines and surcharges.

Karek pleaded guilty in June. She admitted she hit a vehicle turning into a driveway Jan. 28 on Potters Road and then tried to flee. After she was stopped by West Seneca police, a breath test recorded her blood-alcohol content at 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.

The 93-year-old driver of the vehicle she hit and his 88-year-old wife suffered minor injures.

Karek had faced a maximum prison term of up to four years, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

She was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in April 2007 and driving while impaired by alcohol in June 2005. Both cases were handled in Cheektowaga Town Court.