Sheriff's Deputy Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Assault in the First Degree

Modified: December 6, 2012 12:55pm

11/5/2012

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 29 year old Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Haug pleaded guilty this afternoon before County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk to Vehicular Assault in the First Degree (a higher charge than Haug’s initial arrest for Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree) and Driving While Intoxicated.

Haug admitted that on August 4, 2012, while having a BAC of .25% (more than three times the legal limit), he struck 37 year old Daniel Colosimo of Tonawanda while Colosimo was on his motorcycle, stopped at a red light on Sheridan Drive at Bailey Avenue in Amherst.  Colosimo suffered serious traumatic brain injury as a result of Haug’s drunken driving.    

Haug faces a maximum prison sentence of 7 years when he is sentenced on January 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Franczyk.