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A Batavia woman, facing charges of drunk driving and parole violation, may be able to avoid state prison under a  multi-faceted probation program.
26-year-old Michelle Crawford appeared in Genesee County Court this morning. She was to have been sentenced for violating her probation following an accident in Byron.
She was also convicted of misdemeanor DUI charge in Erie County last March.
During her court appearance this morning, Judge Robert Noonan told Crawford that, " nothing other than state prison was appropriate in her case."
However, Noonan agreed to go along with a program that allows Crawford to serve an interim probation involving in-patient alcohol treatment and supervision. It will also require that she wear a bracelet capable of detecting alcohol consumption. Charges against Crawford were filed in two different cases, one in Erie County and one in Genesee County.

A recently enacted state law allows the probation supervision to cross county lines

Upon completing the program, Noonan said, Crawford may be able to avoid state prison.
The case was adjourned until Oct. 16 to allow her lawyer to setup the program which is administered through the Buffalo City Court.

Noonan ordered that Crawford be held without bail pending final arrangements for the interim probation program.

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