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Assemblyman Brian Kolb enters not guilty plea in first court appearance after DWI crash

Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) appeared in Victor Town Court on Thursday. It was his first appearance since his DWI crash on New Years Eve.

He entered a mandatory not guilty plea. Penfield Town Judge James Mulley ordered for Kolb’s driver’s license to be suspended and that he undergo an assessment of drug or alcohol abuse.

That process is fairly standard for those who get a DWI.

Assemblyman Kolb was granted a ‘hardship’ license. However, that only covers traveling to- and from work. Court documents revealed this week that Kolb admitted to having four or five cocktails at the Erie Grille in Pittsford.

He resigned from his leadership post in Assembly.


Assemblyman Kolb had BAC twice legal limit, blamed his wife for crash near Victor home

Court papers paint a grim picture for Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) as his DWI crash case moves forward.

Kolb, who stepped down from his leadership post in New York State Assembly, allegedly told a tow truck driver that his wife was to blame for the crash near his home in Victor.

The Republican had a BAC of 0.16 percent. That’s twice the legal limit.

“The male stood up and put his hands up and said, ‘My wife was driving!’ He then said, ‘You know how women drive.’ I did not see anyone else around the vehicle,” according to the tow truck operator, who was quoted by law enforcement in court documents.

According to the court documents, the officer on-scene said Kolb had “glassy bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath” and was “unsteady on his feet.”

Penfield Town Court Judge James Mulley Jr., is handling the case for Victor. Kolb is set to appear in Victor Town Court at a later date.


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