Carl R. Mayeski appeared Thursday morning in State Supreme Court wearing his left arm in a sling, a result of crashing the Jeep he was driving into a Thruway barrier March 12.
Mayeski was fortunate he wasn’t more severely injured, while the rest of the driving public might consider itself even luckier. When Mayeski hit the barrier near Exit 52 at 11 a.m. that Saturday morning, he was drunk.
He told Justice Russell P. Buscaglia that he had been drinking brandy the morning of the crash, in direct violation of the promise he made the judge in November, when he pleaded guilty to another charge of driving while intoxicated.
Mayeski’s sentencing in that case had been set for Thursday, but it was postponed so Buscaglia could accept the plea on the March 12 charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.
Prosecutors point out that Mayeski shouldn’t have been driving at all, much less driving while intoxicated.
Mayeski, who is 72 and also goes by the name Carl May, hasn’t had a legal driver’s license for more than 20 years.
That means he didn’t have one in 2003, either, when he was found guilty of three other DWI charges.
He also gets involved with law enforcement when he isn’t behind the wheel.
According to Lackawanna police, when they were called to Mayeski’s home on Franklin Street in 2003, he already had been convicted of nine felonies. Those include criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and grand larceny.
In 1991, he bagged several charges when he stole a vehicle and went deer hunting without a license.
He was arrested again in May 2015 for allegedly loading groceries into shopping bags in the aisles of the Wegmans supermarket in West Seneca and trying to leave without paying, and is awaiting sentencing in Buffalo City Court for a conviction for possessing burglary tools.
In light of Mayeski’s history, Buscaglia declined to make any sort of commitment on what Mayeski’s sentence might be when he comes back to court May 19.