BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A second juror from the high-profile trial of Dr. James Corasanti has been accused of driving drunk.
John Jankowiak came out of his South Buffalo home only to tell News 4 his lawyer advised him not to comment about his DWI case. The 37-year-old was one of the jurors who acquitted Dr. James Corasanti of all felony charges following the hit-and-run death of teenager Alix Rice.
According to the Buffalo Police report, on April 10 at 2 a.m., police responded to a 911 call about an accident on Ryan Street. Police wrote that the defendant struck a utility police.
Jankowiak allegedly fled the scene and was arrested about three blocks away on Seneca Street, where police say he failed a sobriety test. Officers say Jankowiak smelled like alcohol, had glassy eyes and was slurring his words.
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The report indicates that Jankowiak admitted to police that he had three vodka-teas and was heading home, which was close to where police say he initially hit the pole.
Just like Dr. Corasanti, who was found guilty of misdemeanor DWI, Jankowiak refused to take a breath test.
According to a published report, Jankowiak stated he was a Corasanti juror who didn't trust police. He went on to say he wouldn't take the breath test. But News 4 was unable to find any statements like that in the police documents.
Though Jankowiak is the second juror to be charged with DWI from the trial of Dr. Corasanti, the Erie County District Attorney says a third juror had been arrested six times for drinking and driving.
Jankowiak is facing several charges, including DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. His lawyer wouldn't comment.
Jankowiak is due in City Court Tuesday morning.
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