Assemblyman, Brian Kolb, resigns after alleged Driving While Impaired
Brian Kolb, a Republican from Ontario County, has stepped down from his position as an Assembly minority leader.
This follows a breathalyser test, which showed that Kolb had a .16% blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of driving a state-owned vehicle into a ditch.
According to the police, this is two-to-three times higher than the legal threshold.
Kolb tried to blame his wife, accusing her of being behind the wheel at the time of the accident.
But, Michael Scoville, the tow-truck driver, saw no-one other than Kolb near the vehicle.
Because property was damaged in the process, Scoville called the police.
On arrival, the police officer noticed that Kolb had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.
Also, there was an alcoholic odour surrounding him, and he seemed to have trouble keeping his balance.
Kolb admitted that he’d had about four-to-five cocktails at the Erie Grill in Pittsford.
After alcohol testing, which showed a high level of intoxication, Kolb decided to step down from his position.
He apologised for his lapse in judgment and took full responsibility for his actions.
He will also seek professional help, to heal, as well as to learn from his mistakes.
Despite stepping down as the leader of the Assembly, he will keep a seat in it.
Will Barclay was elected to take his place.