New York State Assemblyman Brian Kolb recently wrote an op-ed urging drivers to stay sober and safe over the holidays. Unfortunately, the 67-year-old Assembly minority leader ignored his own advice.
According to news reports, Kolb blamed his wife when his state-owned vehicle wound up in a ditch on New Year’s Eve. After police arrived on the scene of the drunk driving crash, the Ontario County politician’s breath was tested. He blew a .16 percent BAC (blood alcohol content) on the Breathalyzer test – twice the legal threshold of .08 percent.
The tow truck driver said that Kolb slurred his words and tried to blame the wreck on his wife – even though she wasn’t there at the scene of the accident. “My wife was driving!’” Kolb reportedly told the tow truck driver, adding “You know how women drive.”
Fortunately, no one was injured when Kolb’s vehicle made a left turn into a driveway and slid down an embankment.
The deputy who arrived at the scene noted that the politician slurred his speech, smelled of alcohol and had “glassy bloodshot eyes.” Kolb was also “unsteady on his feet,” the officer wrote in his report.
The Assemblyman apparently conceded having four or five cocktails at a restaurant near the crash site and then admitted that he had been behind the wheel.
Kolb later issued a statement acknowledging “a terrible lapse in judgment.”
We can all be grateful that his “lapse” did not result in a drunk driving crash that caused serious injuries or fatalities. Let us hope that he has learned his lesson and that others will learn as well that it is never acceptable to drink and drive and put innocent motorists and pedestrians at risk.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a drunk driver in New York City, contact an attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.