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After crash, driver admits drinking and texting, then talks about .20 BAC, police say

Kyle O. Bak drove into a utility pole in the City of Tonawanda Thursday night, and after consenting to a blood-alcohol test, he then remarked about the results – 0.20 percent to officers, according to a police report.

“That’s conditioning, yeah,” Bak told officers after the test, City of Tonawanda police said.

Bak, 28, of Follette Lane crashed into the pole at Young and Scott streets before 7:30 p.m. and initially told officers he had been texting and driving. He also acknowledged he had been drinking.

“I was drinking all day and just finished a 25-ounce can of beer,” Bak told officers who arrived on scene, according to city police.

Police charged him with aggravated driving while intoxicated, DWI, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating an electronic device while driving.

Bak, who was uninjured, was held on $250 bail.

“I’m not proud of running into a telephone pole, ruining my car,” Bak said Friday, adding that the “conditioning” statement was made because both he and police officers were surprised at the blood-alcohol reading. “I was cordial with every single officer. I apologize profusely for what I did. I made a bad judgment.”


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