Man sentenced for driving while high on heroin, probation violation
ALBANY, N.Y. – A New Scotland man has been sentenced to prison after he was found guilty of driving high on heroin.
According to Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares, Kyle Pianowski, 27, was sentenced to two to six years in State Prison on Monday morning.
Pianowski’s term will be served concurrent to a one to three year sentence for his violation of his Felony Probation. He must also pay $2,000 fine, give up his license for at least one year, and install an Ignition Interlock Device for a three years after he is released from prison.
On April 2, Pianowski pleaded guilty to one Count of Driving While Intoxicated Impaired by Drugs, a Felony.
On February 22, he was driving on Western Avenue in the Town of Guilderland when New York State Police observed him committing multiple vehicle and traffic violations and pulled him over.
After speaking with him, officers determined the defendant showed signs of drug impairment and discovered he had multiple warrants out for his arrest in Schenectady County. A search of the vehicle revealed Pianowski possessed four envelopes of heroin, ten hydrocodone pills and a hypodermic needle.
It was determined he was also under the influence of heroin when he was pulled over after being taken to the police station. At the time of his arrest, the defendant was on Felony Probation stemming from an unrelated conviction of Driving While Intoxicated, a Felony.