(AP) -- A New York State Assembly member who was accused of drunken driving days after he wrote a column warning against doing just that pleaded not guilty.

Republican Brian M. Kolb pleaded not guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor driving charge during a hearing in Victor Town Court.

Authorities say Kolb crashed his state-owned SUV into a ditch near his home on New Year's Eve.

A judge ordered Kolb to undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and suspended his driver's license.

He granted the assemblyman a 30-day hardship waiver that will allow him to drive to and from work.

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