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Man admits driving drunk in fatal accident

A Shirley man pleaded guilty Monday in Suffolk County Court to killing a man in a head-on collision while driving drunk.

Steven Tolar, 54, killed Scott Albrecht, 43, of Patchogue in a collision on Montauk Highway in Yaphank on Dec. 17, 2010. He pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

In return for the plea, Judge John Toomey Jr. promised to sentence Tolar to 3 to 9 years in prison, less than the Suffolk district attorney's office's recommendation of 4 to 12 years.

During questioning by Assistant District Attorney Ian Fitzgerald, Tolar said he'd had two glasses of Remy Martin Cognac before driving. His blood-alcohol content after the crash was 0.11 percent, above the legal limit of .08 percent.

Tolar initially was reluctant to plead guilty, but went ahead after conferring with his attorney, Christopher Brocato. Brocato said later that his client felt he had been overcharged, but ultimately realized this was the best deal he could get.

Sentencing will be May 23.

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