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12-time drunken driver gets prison sentence

Sean Crane, 51, pleaded guilty to felony drunken

Sean Crane, 51, pleaded guilty to felony drunken driving -- his 12th drunken driving conviction -- among other charges after hitting a couple in their 70s last year as they crossed Merrick Road in Oceanside, leaving both of them injured, prosecutors said. Credit: Nassau County District Attorney

A Lynbrook man who has been convicted of drunken driving 12 times since 1981 was sentenced to nearly six years in prison by a Nassau County Court judge Friday, officials said.

Judge Philip Grella sentenced Sean Crane, 51, to 5 years and 10 months to 14 years in prison, the maximum term. It will be his third time serving prison time for drunken driving.

"Our roads will be a safer place with Mr. Crane in prison," said Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Crane had pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to charges including aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, unauthorized use of a vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, assault, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment.

His attorney could not be reached Friday to comment.

Crane's most recent arrest came after a May 26, 2012, incident when he drove his girlfriend's 2011 Nissan Juke eastbound on Merrick Road in Oceanside and struck a 76-year-old Merrick woman who was crossing the street with her husband, 78. Both were hurt.

Officials said that Crane's blood alcohol content was .20 percent, well above the legal limit of .08 percent, two hours after the crash.

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