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January 31, 2013

Former Erie County deputy gets 2 to 6 years for DWI crash


Tonawanda News — Omel reviewed some facts from the pre-sentencing report in the packed courtroom, full of Haug and Colosimo’s supporters. 

”He admitted to having seven beers and seven shots of tequila between 1 and 4 a.m.,” Omel said. “He did admit to going 60 mph on Sheridan 1.7 seconds before the air bags deployed.”

Haug’s blood alcohol content was 0.25 percent, more than three times the legal limit, according to a blood draw that was completed after the accident. 

Colosimo, a father of two, was sitting at a red light on his 1982 at Sheridan and Bailey when Haug struck him from behind in his 2011 Jeep at 4 a.m. Aug. 4. Colosimo and his brother, Jerry, also in attendance Wednesday, wouldn’t comment on where Colosimo was coming from, except to say it was a “night out with the guys” and “no alcohol was involved.”

Colosimo has just recently returned to work as a part-time mechanic, and said his ability to appear in court is nothing short of a miracle.

Haug’s attorney, Brian Melber, also spoke to Francyzk on Haug’s character and his remorse. 

”Michael Haug is a good man ... because he stands up for his actions, and he has tried to atone for what he did,” Melber said. “He didn’t leave the scene of the accident, he didn’t run, he didn’t hide ... he stayed, and tried to help.”

Melber also said Haug has been volunteering at Headway of Western New York, a support agency for those with head injuries, and has spoken to victim impact panels about how drinking affected both his and Colosimo’s lives. 

”Apart from the sentence imposed today, he will have permanent lifelong sacrifices ... the loss of his reputation with his family and friends, his job, and his lifelong aspiration and hope, to be a police officer. All of that now, is gone,” Melber said. 

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