A Gowanda man was sentenced Thursday to weekends in jail for four months and five years’ probation for kicking a state trooper in the head after the trooper arrested him on a drunken driving charge following a crash on the closed Niagara Thruway during last year’s January blizzard.
State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller ordered the split sentence for Wade F. Wampler II, 37, of Aldrich Street, who had pleaded guilty as charged to second-degree assault, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.
Troooper James Gainey responded to the Jan. 6, 2014 single-vehicle crash on the Niagara Thruway, which was closed because of a blizzard-related driving ban.
Suspecting Wampler was intoxicated, Gainey gave him sobriety tests, which he failed. Wampler, whose driver’s license had been revoked three times, then lied about his name and date of birth.
After Wampler was arrested, prosecutors said, he fought Gainey’s efforts to place him in the trooper’s vehicle and kicked him several times in the back of the head as he drove to the state police barracks.
The trooper suffered injuries to his back, chest and head and was off the job for a week, according to Assistant District Attorney Robin J. Deubler.