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Crime & Courts

Bond set at $50K for Cortland woman facing 5th DUI charge

Nichole Senatre, 32, of Cortland
Nichole Senatre, 32, of Cortland

SYCAMORE – Police said a Cortland woman who caused a head-on collision on Peace Road early Sunday was driving a stolen vehicle and now faces multiple charges, including her fifth driving under the influence charge, court records show.

DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert set bond at $50,000 Monday for Nichole R. Senatre, 32, of the first block of South Prairie Street in Cortland. She would be required to post $5,000 bail and be fitted with an electronic home monitoring device to be released.

In court, Senatre said that she would not be able to post $5,000.

In addition to the aggravated DUI charge, Senatre also faces charges of failure to report an accident, receiving or possessing a stolen vehicle, driving with a revoked license, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a syringe or needle and theft.

This is the third time Senatre is accused of causing an accident while driving under the influence, and the sixth time she has been charged with driving with a revoked license, according to court records.

If convicted of the most serious charge, a fifth DUI offense, she could face four to 15 years in prison. Her driving privileges already have been revoked for life and she already has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to a fourth DUI in 2007, records show.

According to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Senatre was driving a 2016 Hyundai Accent south on Peace Road when her vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a northbound 2014 Nissan Sentra, the driver of which was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital, where she was treated for a fractured sternum, according to court records.

Senatre ran away before the police arrived, but she later returned with a plastic bin containing baggies that tested positive for heroin and other drug paraphernalia, including a broken glass tube and hypodermic needle, court records show.

The Hyundai that Senatre was driving had been reported stolen by a man from Delray Beach, Florida, who was renting the vehicle from Hertz. The man told police Senatre stole the keys while he was asleep and he had not given Senatre permission to drive the car, court records show.

While Senatre claimed she was not driving at the time of the crash, her injuries, including a broken left toe and signs that her seat beat had been across her left shoulder, suggested she was driving, police said in court records.

Charles Criswell of the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office said he planned to file bond reduction motion on Senatre’s behalf Thursday. Senatre’s next hearing is set for April 7.

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