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Drunken Niles man sentenced for stealing car from dealership

A Berrien County Trial Court judge told the 33-year-old man he had a “drinking crisis” after he pleaded guilty.

Posted on Aug. 5, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.

A Niles man who stole a vehicle from a used car lot while drunk admitted he had a drinking problem during his sentencing in Berrien County Trial Court Monday, according to a report from the South Bend Tribune.

Shane Antony Lott, 33, pleaded guilty to unlawful driving away of an automobile and operating a vehicle while intoxicated and was sentenced to 14 months to five years in prison on Monday, Aug. 4.

The two charges were from separate incidents. 

According to the Tribune, Lott took the vehicle from a Niles Township, Mich. used car lot by stealing the keys on June 21. He was arrested on June 24 for operating while intoxicated near Berrien Springs.

In addition to his prison sentence, Lott was ordered to pay $1,637 in fines, including $439 in restitution.

His attorney said Lott admitted he has a drinking problem and that he doesn’t remember all of his actions, the Tribune reported.

"Here's the bottom line," Berrien County Trial Judge Dennis Wiley said. "You know you have a drinking problem. Your blood-alcohol content was .32, which is four times the legal limit. I wouldn't say you have a drinking problem, you have a drinking crisis. If you keep going, you will kill yourself or some innocent person.“


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