Republican Lawmaker Who Warned Against Drunk Driving Is Charged With DUI

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New York state lawmaker Brian Kolb warned his constituents against drunk driving on Dec. 20. On Dec. 31, he got a DUI.

New York State Assemblyman Brian Kolb posted a column on his official website on December 20 urging his constituents to “drive safely this holiday season,” and arguing that “there is no excuse for impaired driving.”

But in an interesting turn of events, the Republican lawmaker was arrested the very next week for driving under the influence, according to NBC News.

Kolb was charged with driving while intoxicated on New Year’s Eve, after he crashed his vehicle in a ditch and failed field sobriety tests. After being taken to jail, a breathalyzer test revealed that Kolb’s blood-alcohol level was beyond New York’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

No one was injured in the crash, NBC News reported.

"This was a terrible lapse in judgment, one I have urged others not to make, and I take full responsibility for it," the lawmaker said in a statement. "I made the wrong decision, and it is one I deeply regret.”

In his post on drunk driving last month, Kolb wrote that New York offers plenty of ways to avoid intoxicated driving — ostensibly to avoid running one’s car into a ditch, or worse — such as “taxis, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft and a robust public transportation system.”

Perhaps next holiday season, Kolb will heed his own advice.

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