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Auburn man who crashed into tree pleads guilty to driving drunk

In September, an Auburn man crashed into a tree in the middle of the night while driving drunk.

Mitchell Nevidomsky, 33, pleaded guilty in Cayuga County Court Tuesday to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. His plea also satisfied two traffic infractions of leaving the scene of an accident and having an uninspected vehicle.

"I was in the car when I shouldn't have been," Nevidomsky said of the 2:40 a.m. crash. "I hit the tree in front of my house."

The airbags deployed and Nevidomsky said he was knocked unconscious, not remembering the 15 minutes before or after the accident. He didn't dispute that he was driving when not allowed to or that he was intoxicated at the time. He had a conditional license at the time.

Judge Thomas Leone said in light of Nevidomsky's plea, he will likely go forward with the agreed-upon sentence — worked out between the defense and the district attorney's Office — of five years of shock probation. For Nevidomsky, that would mean being on probation for five years, but spending weekends in Cayuga County Jail for the first three months.

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