Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 50 year old Thomas J. Lutz of 4516 Millgrove Road, Akron, pleaded guilty, as charged, before Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to Feloniously Driving While Intoxicated. This is the highest charge for which he could have been convicted had he gone to trial.
On March 22, 2012 in the Town of Newstead, Lutz failed to stop at a stop sign and struck another vehicle, which had the right of way, totaling both vehicles. Fortunately, neither Lutz nor the innocent motorist sustained injuries. After admitting to consuming vodka at home and failing three field sobriety tests, he refused to take a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content. Ironically, Lutz was en route to the Town of Newstead Court, on another matter, when the crash occurred.
Lutz was previously convicted of Driving While Intoxicated on October 22, 2009 and Driving While Ability Impaired by alcohol on December 19, 2006.
Lutz faces a maximum prison sentence of 4 years when he is sentenced before the Hon. M. William Boller on June 14, 2013.