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LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to an indictment accusing him of stealing his former girlfriend’s car and driving it while he was drunk.

James M. Martin, 42, of Goundry Street, was arraigned in Niagara County Court on charges of fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree criminal contempt, felony driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said Martin allegedly took the woman’s car keys and left in her vehicle after a confrontation Sept. 19 in a tavern on Oliver Street. However, he didn’t go far, as he was pulled over for driving without headlights, police reported.

Martin, who faced an order of protection the woman obtained, served state prison time from 2007 to 2010 for driving drunk and violating another restraining order.