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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who has four alcohol-related driving convictions was placed on six months’ interim probation Friday because he needs heart surgery.

“You certainly are in a dire state with your health, and I don’t think I can ignore that,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas told Lysander C. Scott, 29, of Willow Avenue.

Scott’s doctor is trying to schedule surgery for him soon, defense attorney Angelo Musitano said. Scott said, “If I have to do a stretch in state prison, I’m not sure I’ll make it home.”

Scott pleaded guilty April 25 to felony driving while intoxicated in connection with a Sept. 1, 2012, incident in which he crashed his car into another vehicle after narrowly missing a Niagara Falls police car.

Scott also was arrested in late July, when Falls police said they caught him with 2½ ounces of crack cocaine and two loaded handguns.