Wednesday Sept. 1 was just another day on the village beat for Liverpool Police Officer Sean Pierce. His ho-hum routine was interrupted about noon when he heard that the suspect in a nearby hit-and-run might be a local man recently released from prison after serving a sentence for multiple DWI convictions.
A vehicle was being sought by state troopers after it allegedly caused a minor fender-bender that morning near the John Glenn exit off Route 690 in the town of Van Buren. The troopers checked the license plate and found that the car was registered to the mother of Dean S. Tuszynski, 51, of 200 Cleveland Ave.
Pierce drove his cruiser north on Route 370 and his intuition paid off when he spotted the mustachioed Tuszynski driving the vehicle into the village. The officer saw the car cross the center line so Pierce activated his lights, and the slightly damaged auto finally pulled over on Iroquois Lane at about 12:30 p.m.
Before long, Pierce had back-up in the form of Liverpool Police Chief Bill Becker and Sgt. Mike Manns. The village constabularies all knew Tuszynski was being sought by state police, and they also knew him as one of Onondaga County's most notorious drunk drivers.
Tuszynski has been convicted eight times on felony DWI charges.
"We'd arrested him before," Becker told me last week. "In fact, he'd been arrested by most of the agencies in Onondaga County at one point or another."
When he was busted here Sept. 1, Tuszynski was just six weeks out of state prison. He'd been released July 15 after serving time on two 2006 convictions. Tuszynski had pleaded guilty to two DWI counts after crashes on Cold Springs Road and John Glenn Boulevard in October 2005. Tuszynski was originally sentenced to two consecutive terms of 18 months-to-four years in prison.