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A Lynbrook man with 12 drunken driving convictions was sentenced Friday to serve time in an upstate prison after his latest drunken joy ride left an elderly Merrick couple seriously injured, Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice said.

Sean Crane, 51, appeared Dec. 6 before Judge Phillip Grella at the Nassau County Court in Mineola to be sentenced on an indictment, which included three felony drunken driving charges, reckless driving, assault, reckless endangerment, unlicensed driving and unauthorized vehicle use charges. As Examiner.com reported, he pleaded guilty to the slew of charges in October and will now serve up to 14 years in state prison.

“Our roads will be a safer place with Mr. Crane in prison,” Rice said Friday. “This defendant’s history of repeated drunk driving convictions is proof that the only way to protect our community from the most dangerous offenders is to put them behind bars.”

Prosecutors said Crane had taken the keys to his girlfriend’s 2011 Nissan Juke on May 26, 2012 and was driving east on Merrick Road in Oceanside when he hit a 76-year-old woman with the passenger-side mirror of the crossover SUV. The woman was holding hands with her 78-year-old husband as they crossed the street and the husband, Rice said, slammed his head into the roadway. He needed 9 staples to close the head wound and also suffered an Achilles’ tendon. His wife suffered a broken wrist and road rash on her legs after being thrown into him, the district attorney’s office said.

Crane was arrested after parking the car and returning to the scene on foot. Two hours after the crash, his blood-alcohol content was .20 percent, more than twice the legal limit, prosecutors said.

Crane’s prior drunken driving convictions – 10 of which have been felony offenses – date back to 1981 in Nassau and Suffolk counties, authorities said. He has also served time in an upstate prison for two of those convictions.

His attorney could not be reached Friday evening for comment.

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