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Former Assemblyman Brian Kolb pleads guilty to impaired driving, DWI charge dropped due to protocol issues

Former New York State Assemblyman Brian Kolb, who represented the central portion of the Finger Lakes for nearly two decades pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired in connection to a crash that happened on New Years Eve 2019.

Kolb pleaded guilty to the charge in Victor Town Court and waived his right to an appeal.

The then-State Assembly Minority Leader crashed his state-owned SUV on the final evening of 2019 on County Road 41 near his home.


He was charged with DWI and making an unsafe turn. He also admitted to drinking four or five cocktails at an establishment in Pittsford.

A breath test determined his BAC to be twice the legal limit.

Shortly after the crash Kolb stepped down from his leadership post and did not seek re-election for his seat.

Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella prosecuted the case, but said the DWI charge had to be dropped due to proper protocols not being followed with the breathalyzer.


“I expect law enforcement and the agencies that we work with to be thorough and diligent with their efforts, and I’m disappointed in the way that this had to be resolved,” Casella said.

Kolb’s license will be suspended for 90 days. He will have to complete an impaired driver program and pay several fines.



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