Syracuse, NY - An Onondaga County man convicted eight times on felony DWI charges is back in custody after being arrested on a new DWI charge Wednesday following a hit-run crash in Van Buren.
Dean S. Tuszynski, 51, of 200 Cleveland Ave., Liverpool, is being held in the Justice Center Jail on $100,000 bail.
Earlier this year, the District Attorney’s Office had been looking to have Tuszynski jailed for life as a persistent felony offender because of his lengthy record of drunken-driving convictions. Onondaga County Judge Anthony Aloi refused because a federal court had struck down as unconstitutional New York’s version of the three-strikes law.
“History says he will drink and drive again,” Senior Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bednarski predicted June 8 at Tuszynski’s last appearance before Aloi. The prosecutor said he didn’t think prison had done anything to rehabilitate Tuszynski.
Aloi, however, said Tuszynski had already served almost the maximum amount of prison time allowed by law and had received excellent ratings in prison for attending substance abuse programs.
Tuszynski was before Aloi that day for sentencing in a couple of fender-bender crashes from 2005 where his prior sentence of 2 2/3 to eight years in state prison had been ruled illegal by a state appeals court.
Liverpool police reported Tuszynski was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on Iroquois Lane in the village. Authorities said the vehicle Tuszynski was driving was seen crossing the center lane on the street and was being sought by state police in connection with a minor hit-run accident that had occurred a short time earlier in the town of Van Buren. There were no injuries in Wednesday's crash.
Sorry for the long post... but this jackass's crash was on the same route my sister uses to get home and a route many of my friends use as well. It disguists me that he's still on the streets and that the judge's hands were tied. This man WILL kill someone if he's not locked up.
Again, this shows the weakness of DUI laws. Many of these people are stopped until they kill someone... and only then does the justice system step in to stop them. Tuszynski is proof of that.