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Alleged drunk driver crashes into West Seneca home

Posted: 6:54 PM, Jun 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-28 03:17:19Z

A West Seneca family is unable to live in their home after a drunk driver crashed into the house on Main Street on June 10th, according to police.

A police report shows the driver to be James Brunner, 21 from Depew, and alleges he was driving with a BAC at .16%, twice the legal limit. Brunner left his vehicle and fled the scene, according to police.

The Glinskis own the home at 784 Main Street and happened to be camping in Mount Morris the night of the accident.

"It could have been a lot different," Lisa Glinski said. "We were told if he went straight through the living room he would have went straight through the house."

The family has spent the last 17 days at a hotel waiting for their insurance to finish evaluating the home to determine if it's safe to move back.

"He made no plans on how he was going to get home," Lisa Glinski said. "He knew he was driving so from that decision alone, from the beginning, he planned on going out and drinking and driving."

"To ruin our lives and he can go on living his life while we have to suffer," Lisa's husband James said. "Be displaced. Our lives are on hold."

Brunner put on his Facebook page May 31 that he was accepted as a driver for Lyft, and was applying to Uber for when the service comes to Western New York.

Uber sent the following statement:

James Brunner "has no access to the app at this time pending our investigation. Through our participation in the LENS program, we are made aware of these infractions in real time and can immediately suspend individuals' access to the platform. He has never provided any rides for Uber."
 
Lyft says:
 
"Anyone applying to drive on the Lyft platform is required to undergo both a driving record check as well as a criminal background check. This particular individual applied to drive before this June 10 incident occurred, but has never given a ride on the Lyft platform. A DUI or other drug-related driving violation automatically disqualifies someone from driving for Lyft and, accordingly, this individual has been deactivated as a potential driver from the Lyft platform."
 
Brunner was arraigned Tuesday in West Seneca Town Court on seven charges, including driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.