Christopher H. Koch, 61, of Buffalo was arraigned in Buffalo City Court docket on 1 count of reckless endangerment in the initially diploma, which is a class D felony.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The CEO of the New Period Cap Corporation is accused of trying to hit a male with his vehicle outdoors a North Buffalo cafe. 

Christopher H. Koch, 61, of Buffalo was arraigned in Buffalo Metropolis Court on just one depend of reckless endangerment in the initially diploma, which is a class D felony.

The maximum penalty upon conviction would be up to 7 a long time in prison. 

Having said that, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn indicated that Koch, due to a clean felony file, would be unlikely to obtain these types of a sentence even if he had been to be uncovered responsible.

Investigators say Koch and his girlfriend’s ex-partner had been included in an argument on Saturday in the parking large amount of Oliver’s Restaurant on Delaware Avenue near Delham Avenue.

“It was verbal in mother nature but at some point, the sufferer allegedly acquired out of his motor vehicle when Mr. Koch was in his automobile and Mr. Koch allegedly drove his automobile at the target,” Flynn explained.

The victim was capable to bounce out of the way to avoid remaining strike but did experience an personal injury to his hand, prior to Koch’s Cadillac Escalade then hit the victim’s pickup truck, causing harm to the passenger facet.

Prosecutors allege that Koch engaged in perform that developed a grave threat of dying to a different man or woman by intentionally driving his automobile towards the sufferer.

“If you are in a situation where by you allegedly drive your auto at one more human remaining, the probability is that you could strike that person and potentially operate them around. In this case, correct right here, thank god it did not transpire,” Flynn reported

According to a deposition attached to this legal grievance towards Koch, the ex-husband, identified in court docket papers as Daniel C. Parisi, claimed he was driving together Delaware Avenue when he spotted his previous spouse and Koch at the restaurant.

“I stopped my truck and put it into the park on Delaware and exchanged phrases with Chris. At some level, he termed me an (expletive deleted) and I obtained out and said to him ‘let’s settle this like men’. As I was walking towards his black Escalade, Chris then drove proper at me. I was able to soar out of the way, but I did get strike and wounded my left hand.”

Flynn suggests the come upon, having said that, was not happenstance.

“It was not a prospect come across. The victim understood that they ended up having supper at the cafe and the target allegedly arrived to the cafe,” Flynn said.  

Flynn describes Koch, who was issued an visual appeal ticket, as owning been cooperative with law enforcement at the scene. 

He would not remark on no matter if Koch stated nearly anything about experience threatened.

He’ll only say that the evidence, which he also would not elaborate on, showed that Cook drove his auto at the alleged sufferer, and does not look to guidance any recommendation that he was driving rapidly to escape the condition.

“The demand mirrors allegedly how this performed out,” Flynn stated.

Koch is scheduled to return to court on May perhaps 25 for a felony hearing. He was launched on his personal recognizance. If convicted, Koch could experience up to 7 yrs in prison.

An order of security has been issued on behalf of the target.