Pianowski pleads guilty for driving high on heroin

Kyle Pianowski

GUILDERLAND — Kyle Pianowski, a New Scotland resident, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by drugs, a felony, in Albany County Supreme Court, on Wednesday.

Pianowski was driving on Western Avenue, in Guilderland, on Feb. 22, when he was stopped by New York State Police officers for committing multiple vehicle and traffic violations, according to a report from the Albany County District Attorney’s office.

After speaking to Pianowski, 27, the officers determined he showed several signs of drug impairment and discovered he had multiple warrants out for his arrest in Schenectady County, the report said.

Pianowski was removed from his car, and a search of the vehicle revealed that he had four envelopes of heroin, 10 hydrocodone pills, and a hypodermic needle in his possession; tests at the station determined Pianowski was under the influence of heroin, said the report.

Pianowski was on felony probation for a previous driving while intoxicated conviction.

In 2005, Pianowski’s only brother, Todd, was shot and killed in his Guilderland apartment, after having cash and marijuana stolen from him.

Pianowski faces two to six years in state prison when he is sentenced on May 21, 2014. This will be served concurrent to a one-to-three-year period of incarceration for violating probation. Thomas A. Breslin also imposed a $2,000 fine, a minimum of one year of license revocation, and the installation of an ignition interlock release device for a period of three years, following his release from prison, according to the report.

Vehicular Crimes Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter is handling the prosecution of the case.

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