State Assemblyman Brian Kolb is all about personal responsibility—right up until he drunkenly crashes his state-owned vehicle into the bottom of a ditch.

According to newly released court documents, the high-ranking GOP lawmaker tried to pin the blame for his booze-fueled New Year's Eve ride on his wife, Lauren Marketell Kolb.

"The male stood up and put his hands up and said, 'My wife was driving!' He then said, 'You know how women drive,'" recalled Michael Scoville, a tow-truck driver who came across the aftermath of Kolb's crash, in sworn testimony. "I did not see anyone else around the vehicle. He told me that his wife was up in the house."

Inquiries to Kolb about the blame-shifting, or how it is women drive, were not returned.

Brian Kolb and wife Lauren Marketell Kolb

Brian Kolb and wife Lauren Marketell Kolb

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The tow-truck driver called the cops, who observed the 67-year-old Kolb showing "significant signs of intoxication," according to police statements. He later admitted to drinking "four or five cocktails" at the Eerie Grill in Pittsford, then driving the ten miles back to his home in Victor, New York, where the crash occurred.

Records show that Kolb blew a .16 percent on a Breathalyzer test—twice the legal limit. He was driving his 2018 GMC Acadia at the time, which was paid for by taxpayers at a cost of $43,601.

Kolb represents the the 131st district, which includes the Finger Lakes and areas south of Rochester. He'd served as the GOP Minority Leader until stepping down from the leadership post on Friday, amid growing calls for his full resignation.

As head of the Republican body, he led the fight to block undocumented immigrants from accessing driver's licenses, voted against marijuana legalization, and warned that bail reform would only embolden criminals.

After a former Rochester City Court judge was accused of missing a probation hearing for a DWI charge last year, Kolb tweeted, "What nonsense, another example of someone who is not taking responsibility for their actions." (He has since deleted his Twitter account.)

Just days before his own drunk driving arrest, the assembly leader published an op-ed urging residents to drive sober, writing, "There is no excuse for impaired driving."

In a statement last week, Kolb said he had "begun the process of seeking professional help in order to heal, learn, and fully address the challenges that I, along with my family, currently face."

There is currently no indication that he will resign.