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11 March 2019
Oneida County Man charged with Leandra’s Law after driving his car into a snowbank

  Major Philip T. Rougeux
  Troop D Commander


On March 10th, 2019 at approximately 9:15 pm Trooper Jeffrey Wegrzyn observed a gray Volkswagen vehicle traveling on Turin Road going 63 mph in a 40 mph zone. While turning on the vehicle, the Oneida County 911 Center began dispatching a “Be On the Lookout” (BOLO) for that same vehicle as being an erratic driver. Tpr. Wegrzyn lost sight of the vehicle and continued southbound where he observed the vehicle disabled in a snowbank, with the driver in an unconscious state and the accelerator fully depressed.

As Trooper David Todora arrived on scene to assist, the driver, later identified as Jarid Taciak became conscious and actively tried to free the vehicle from the snowbank. Taciak, who also had a 4-year-old child in the back seat and not properly secured in a child seat, refused to follow verbal commands to shut the vehicle off and exit. Troopers were able to breach the driver’s side window and unlock the doors. Taciak then began to punch and kick Trooper Wegrzyn, who was successful in putting the vehicle in park. Trooper Todora then applied a one-second burst of pepper spray to Taciak in an attempt to gain compliance. Troopers then removed the child from the vehicle and secured him in the police vehicle, and with the assistance of the Rome Police Department, were able to get Taciak into custody without further incident.

Jarid B. Taciak, age 37, from 9398 Stedman Road in Lee Center, NY was charged with the following:
  • Aggravated DWI, a class “E” felony
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class “A” misdemeanor
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, a class “A” misdemeanor
  • Resisting Arrest, a class “A” misdemeanor
  • Obstructing Governmental Administration, a class “A” misdemeanor
 And numerous traffic violations including Child Not Properly Restrained and Speeding. He was transported to the Oneida County Jail for centralized arraignment.


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