New York Assemblyman Brian Kolb and his mugshot
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Republican Lawmaker Tweets Warning About Drunk Driving, Arrested For Alleged DWI Days Later

The New York Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb was arrested on a suspected DWI just a few days after warning his Twitter followers about the dangers of drunk driving and one day after posting a tweet blaming state Democrats for an assault on a Jewish man. The drunk driving tweet has been deleted, but the one that says “crime pays victims suffer” is still up.

Kolb tweeted about impaired driving on December 26, linking to an article he wrote on the issue, as arrests for the crime tend to increase around the holidays—especially New Year’s Eve. That was the day that Kolb himself was arrested after he drove his car into a ditch and failed a breathalyzer test, according to USA Today.

Thankfully, no one was injured. Kold admitted to his mistake and apologized in a statement the next day.

“Last night, I was charged with driving under the influence near my home,” the statement reads. “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.”

Still, some of Kolb’s fellow lawmakers, including another New York Republican, are calling for him to step down.

Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson has said that the assemblyman will be treated like anyone else who committed a crime, regardless of politics.

“Mr. Kolb made the choice to operate a motor vehicle on the highway in an intoxicated manner, and now he’s being held accountable,” he said.

A court date has not yet been determined, but Kolb will be tried at the Town of Victor Court for driving while intoxicated and making an unsafe turn.