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LPD busts the 'dean' of DWI defendants

Earlier this year, the county District Attorney's Office wanted Tuszynski jailed for life as a persistent felony offender, but Judge Anthony Aloi was reluctant to impose a life penalty because a federal court had declared New York's three-strikes law unconstitutional.

'Belligerent' suspect

Anyhow, Tuszynski was in a foul mood when Pierce pulled him over on Iroquois Lane.

"He made verbal threats and was extremely belligerent," Becker said. "But Office Pierce dealt with him very professionally. We've got it all on tape."

A confidential source who was also at the scene of the arrest said Tuszynski and a female companion had been drinking from a large jug of juice and vodka. The source also saw empty beer containers in the car.

Tuszynski refused to participate in any sobriety tests including a breath test. "He refused everything," Becker said.

Liverpool police charged Tuszynski with a half dozen offenses: DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to keep right, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, refusal to submit to an alcohol breath test and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle.

The suspect was arraigned that afternoon before Village Justice Anthony LaValle, who sent him to the Corbett Justice Center down city and set bail at $100,000.

State police later charged Tuszynski with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving. And that's not all: he also faces a parole violation.

'Traumatic' accident

Two LPD officers responded to the horrific quadruple fatal at the Onondaga Lake Parkway railroad bridge earlier this month. Officers Todd Creller and John Praskey were among the dozens of emergency personnel who came to the aid of injured passengers on the Megabus which crashed into the infamous overpass in the early-morning hours of Sept. 11. Four passengers died.

Liverpool Fire Chief Gary Vincitore and LFD volunteers were also on the scene. Vincitore later sent a letter of appreciation to LPD Chief Becker, a small gesture perhaps but an important public recognition of continued cooperation between our local emergency responders.

Witnessing the human carnage in the mangled Megabus was "very traumatic" for those who answered the call, said Liverpool Mayor Gary White, himself a former Syracuse police officer. "The fire department's volunteers had never seen anything like that before," White noted, "and a lot of our officers never saw anything like that either."

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