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Good Samaritans team up to stop alleged drunk driver

Avon, N.Y. -- Three drivers are being called good Samaritans for stopping an alleged drunk driver on Interstate 390 South near Avon Monday afternoon. They used their cars to box in the driver so he wouldnt take off before police arrived.

Paul Kostraba, 48, of Avon, is charged with DWI and numerous other charges. Drivers called 911 after spotting Kostrabas blue van near the Thruway entrance in Henrietta. They said he was veering in and out of lanes and on to the shoulder of the expressway.

Brianna Cole said she was afraid someone was going to get killed.  She called 911 and followed the van, keeping her distance. Another driver, Josh Kuba of Greece, told 13WHAM he thought the driver had a medical condition. But when the driver didnt respond to Kuba beeping the horn or motioning to pull over, he then realized the person may have been drinking.

The van then sideswiped a tractor trailer and hit other cars. When Kostraba tried to exit 390 at Avon, Kuba pulled in front of him to block him from exiting. Kuba said the van slammed into his truck. Thats when Brianna pulled in behind the van, blocking him from getting out. A third driver parked alongside to prevent the driver from leaving before police arrived.  

Police said while they dont encourage drivers to get involved in dangerous situations, in this case their actions may have saved lives.

Kostraba refused a Breathalyzer test, so Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty said deputies have no idea what his blood alcohol level was.

But Sheriff Dougherty told 13 WHAM, According to deputies at the scene, Kostraba was highly intoxicated.

Kostrabas wife was also in the van. Police said she also appeared intoxicated.

Kostraba's license was revoked and he was sent to the Livingston County Jail.

 
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