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Man gets maximum term for two DWI convictions

A man who was convicted of driving while intoxicated twice – once while awaiting sentence for the first DWI – and who told police that every day he drinks a bottle of Hennessy and a sixpack of beer will not be driving anywhere for a few years at least.

Carl R. Mayeski, 72, received the maximum possible sentence of two and a third to seven years in prison on each of two charges of felony DWI and one and a third to four years in prison on two charges of driving without a license when he appeared in State Supreme Court on Thursday.

Justice Russell P. Buscaglia also fined him a total of $5,000 plus fees and included five years of post-release supervision.

Assistant District Attorney Raymond C. Herman III had asked for a hefty sentence, pointing out that Mayeski has “an extremely lengthy criminal history going back to the mid-1950s.”

That record includes burglaries, auto theft, possession of stolen property, a weapons charge and prior drunk driving offenses. Hermann also referenced Mayeski’s statements to police about his daily alcohol consumption and the fact that he has not had a driver’s license for 30 years because of his prior convictions.

“He has no right to drive – and apparently he doesn’t care about that,” Herman said.

Mayeski’s attorney tried to assure the judge that, should his client be sentenced on the “low end” of the possible range, he promised he would never drive again.

Buscaglia wasn’t buying it. In November, when Mayeski pleaded guilty to the first charge of DWI, he had made the same promise, and the judge allowed him to stay out on bail so he could have treatment for an injured shoulder. Four months later, Mayeski crashed into a Thruway barrier while driving drunk at 11 in the morning.

“You haven’t had a license for 30 years and that hasn’t stopped you from driving for the past 30 years,” Buscaglia said. “After you entered your plea (in November) you had four other arrests!”

Saying Mayeski had done nothing to deserve any leniency, Buscaglia sentenced him to the maximum prison time possible. He then added, “Also, although he doesn’t have it, his license to drive is (still) revoked.”