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Assemblyman Blames Crash On His Wife, According To News Report

In New York, they have two possible charges for people who drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. New York has a charge called DWAI, which means driving while ability impaired. This is charged when a person’s blood-alcohol level is .05% to .07%, but not over 0.08%. It can also be charged when a person is under the influence of drugs, but they are not so impaired that a DWI charge could be made. DWI is charged once a person’s blood-alcohol level is above 0.08% and if the suspect is under the influence of drugs and obviously impaired. 

USA Today reports that New York Assemblyman Brian Kolb allegedly attempted to blame a crash on his wife. 

The crash occurred on at about 9:50 p.m. on New Year’s Eve when Assemblyman Kolb was allegedly driving his state-owned vehicle and crashed into a ditch near his home. 

A tow-truck operator who responded to the crash said that the Assembly minority leader was beside a GMC Arcadia. He was slurring his words and tried to blame the mishap on his wife. The tow truck driver stated that he did not witness another person at the scene. The tow truck driver also contact police because the vehicle had struck a guy wire, making the accident a property damage accident. 

A deputy who responded said that Kolb had glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and a strong odor of alcohol. 

67-year-old Kolb told the officers he’d had 4 or 5 cocktails at the Erie Grill. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16%, twice the legal limit. Days before, Kolb had written an op-ed urging citizens to be safe and not to drive drunk on New Year’s Eve. 

The crash led Kolb to step down as minority leader, but he stated that he would not be vacating his seat.

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