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'Good Samaritans' stop drunk driver from leaving scene

Avon, N.Y. -- Witnesses to a crash in Livingston County apprehended a vehicle until authorities arrived at the scene.

According to Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty, Paul Kostraba, 48, was driving south on Interstate 390 when he side-swiped a tractor trailer, breaking his van's window glass and damaging the driver's side door.

Witnesses at the scene told deputies Kostraba was swerving in the lanes before the accident, and kept driving after the incident.

Dougherty said the witnesses, acting as Good Samaritans, blocked Kostraba's vehicle in an off ramp at Exit 10 until police arrived. Kostraba attempted to drive away and hit both witnesses' cars in the process.

Kostraba was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI. His wife and dog were in the vehicle at the time. No one was injured.

Sheriff Doughtery added:

While the Sheriff's Office does not recommend putting yourself in danger on the roadways we would like to commend the citizens that assisted.  One was resident of Greece, one of Lima, and the other was an Avon resident.  Thank you for your good service and for preventing the suspect from fleeing the scene and possibly causing another crash.


 
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