New York State Assemblymember Brian Kolb (R) assertedly tried to point the finger at his wife Lauren when he was detained for drunk driving on New Year’s Eve.
Victor Town Court documents reveal that Michael Scoville, the tow trucker whom Kolb had called after running his state-issued SUV into a ditch near his home, told Ontario County deputies on January 1 that the Republican lawmaker had promptly declared his wife responsible for the crash upon Scoville’s arrival at the scene.
Spectrum News published the court records on Tuesday.
According to Scoville, Kolb “stood up and put his hands up and said, ‘My wife was driving!’”
“He then said, ‘You know how women drive,’” Scoville said. “I did not see anyone else around the vehicle.”
Kolb allegedly told him that his wife was “up in the house.”
Ian Hall, the police deputy who responded to the accident, communicated to the court that Kolb had confirmed he’d had four or five cocktails. His breathalyzer test revealed he had a 0.16% BAC, twice New York’s legal limit of 0.08%.
On Friday, Kolb announced that he was stepping down as the State Assembly’s minority leader.
The lawmaker stated he “will always deeply regret” the incident.
Ironically, he had just written an op-ed on the hazards of drunk driving a week before his own DUI arrest.