(WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office shared new details Monday regarding the deadly crash that killed an Owego teenager over the weekend.
Deputies say the suspect, Michael Gincerowski Jr. is facing several charges, with one being driving while intoxicated.
Captain Kate Newcomb says, “if he had been charged and it was his first DWI arrest it would have been a misdemeanor level.”
However, according to deputies, Gincerowski’s charge was a Class E Felony.
Newcomb explains, “…because he has a previous DWI conviction within the preceding ten years it goes to a felony level.”
She adds that in the past, “he’s had two DWI’s, at least two DWI’s within a ten year period.”
Newcomb says that at the time of the crash, the suspect’s privilege to drive had been taken away.
12 News Reporter: “So by a license suspension he should not have been driving at all?” Newcomb: “That’s correct.”
This fatal crash joined another crash over the weekend where deputies say another driver was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Newcomb says that as the weather warms up, the rates of driving while intoxicated go up. So when it comes to drinking, she says be prepared.
“Our message is always to have a plan, now that we have ride handling in this area, we have Uber, Lyft, that’s even more resources that you have at your fingertips,” says Newcomb.
During busy holiday times like the upcoming fourth of July, she says the sheriff’s office puts out more patrols and sometimes participate in checkpoints.
“If you’ve been participating in any type of activity that involves the use of intoxicants, don’t drive a motor vehicle, it’s common sense.”