TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- Tonawanda Police confirm that the juror who was dismissed from the Corasanti trial Thursday morning was arrested for drunk driving early Thursday morning.
The trial was delayed two hours when the juror called the courthouse Thursday morning saying he had car trouble. Well, there's more to the story, and ironic is the only way to describe it.
Police say Michael Barron, 40, of Kenmore crashed his car into a light pole near Kenmore Mercy Hospital on Elmwood Avenue. Police say he fled the scene and was followed by a witness who called 911. He was caught a few blocks away by Town of Tonawanda Police.
Police say his blood alcohol content was around .18 when a breathalyzer test was given. He was held overnight by Town of Tonawanda Police. He was processed and released in the morning.
He is facing a misdemeanor count of DWI and aggravated DWI for driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, in addition to other charges.
Judge Sheila DiTullio dismissed Barron from the jury without citing a reason to the court. He was replaced by the first alternate juror. Defense Attorney and legal analyst Paul Cambria says there no rational basis for the judge keeping the Barron on the jury, especially since he's going to be prosecuted by the same District Attorney's office that's currently prosecuting Corasanti.
"You'd wonder whether or not he'd try to be good to the prosecution or on the other hand the prosecution would feel that he would feel persecuted in some way. So whichever way you look at it, it just doesn't work," said Cambria.