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Crime & Courts

Bond increased to $200K for woman charged with 5th DUI

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

SYCAMORE – A judge increased bond to $200,000 Friday for a Cortland woman facing a fifth driving under the influence charge after causing a head-on collision on Peace Road early Sunday.

Nichole R. Senatre, 32, of the first block of South Prairie Street, faces multiple charges including aggravated driving under the influence in connection with the crash.

Police said Senatre was driving a stolen vehicle south on Peace when she crossed into the northbound lane and collided head-on with another vehicle, injuring herself and the other driver.

Senatre’s bond was set at $50,000 Monday by Judge Robbin Stuckert.

During a hearing Friday, Judge Philip Montgomery denied a request from State’s Attorney Rick Amato to deny bond to Senatre and instead increased her bond amount to $200,000.

Senatre will now have to post $20,000 bail to be released instead of $5,000. An electronic home monitoring device and a continuous alcohol monitoring bracelet also will be required. She has previously said she did not have $5,000 to post.

Senatre is also charged with 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.

If convicted of the most serious charge, a fifth DUI offense, she could face four to 15 years in prison. She was sentenced to prison after her fourth DUI conviction in 2007, records show.

Amato argued that Senatre should be required to remain in jail for the safety of the community.

The crash Sunday marks the third time Senatre has been accused of causing a crash while driving under the influence. Her driving privileges already have been revoked for life.

Charles Criswell of the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office argued an electronic home monitoring device would be sufficient to ensure Senatre would not be putting the public in danger while awaiting trial.

Montgomery said he agreed with the defense that denying bail should be reserved for serious violent offenses; however, he increased the bond amount because Senatre is at a high risk to reoffend, having had multiple DUI charges.

Senatre is next scheduled to appear in court May 5.

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