CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State’s Assembly Minority Leader has been accused of driving under the influence.
Brian Kolb, a Republican, represents the 131st district, which includes part of the Finger Lakes region southeast of Rochester.
On New Year’s Eve, Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a crash where property was damaged on County Road 41 in Victor.
The driver, who was identified as Kolb, was taken into custody and brought to the Ontario County Jail for processing.
He was charged with DWI with a BAC over .08 percent and unsafely turning.
No one was injured.
Kolb issued a statement, apologizing for his actions.
“Last night, I was charged with driving under the influence near my home. This was a terrible lapse in judgment, one I have urged others not to make, and I take full responsibility for it.
I want to offer sincere apologies to my family, friends, colleagues, and the people of the 131st Assembly District. I fully recognize the severity of the situation and I am profoundly sorry.
There is no excuse and no justification for what occurred Tuesday evening. I made the wrong decision, and it is one I deeply regret.”Brian Kolb