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Initially arrested for DWI, District Attorney’s daughter pleads guilty to reduced charge

Initially charged with drunk driving, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s daughter pleaded guilty to a lesser charge during a Tuesday appearance in Liverpool Village Court.
Updated at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14

Liverpool (WSYR-TV) – Initially charged with drunk driving, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s daughter pleaded guilty to a lesser charge during a Tuesday appearance in Liverpool Village Court.

22-year-old Sara Fitzpatrick was facing driving while intoxicated charges after she was pulled over by Liverpool Village Police in December.

On Tuesday, the charge was reduced to driving while ability impaired.

According to the plea agreement, Fitzpatrick’s sentence will include having her license suspended for 90 days, participate in a course through the Department of Motor Vehicles, and pay a $500 fine – along with a $260 mandatory state surcharge.

Fitzpatrick was arrested by Liverpool Police on Dec. 27 at 12:42 a.m., according to police documents.

The Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office told NewsChannel 9 that a special prosecutor would handle the case, most likely someone from outside the county.

The arresting officer reported that the DA’s daughter was spotted driving 44 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone in the 800 block of Oswego Street in a 2008 black Pontiac.

She was pulled over along Onondaga Lake Parkway, and the arresting officer said in the police report that he smelled alcohol on her breath.

The arresting officer reported that Fitzpatrick said, “I had a beer at the bowling alley.”

Documents claim she had a BAC level of 0.14 percent.


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