Oswego State women’s hockey player arrested for DWI

Amber Samonek, 20, of the Oswego State women’s hockey team was arrested for driving while intoxicated at 3:03 a.m. on Feb. 11, according to a New York State Arrest Report provided by Oswego State University Police.

Samonek was pulled over at 2:46 a.m. on 5th Avenue in the city of Oswego. According to the report, her blood alcohol limit was measured above .08 of 1 percent blood content. She was also charged with two turn signal violations and unsafely changing lanes. She was issued an appearance ticket for 9:30 a.m. on March 22 at Oswego City Court.

Katherine Mlostek, Lauren Martel, Laura Thacker and Monica Cramer of the Oswego State women’s hockey team were in the vehicle during the incident. No charges were filed for those players.

Oswego State Athletics Department released the following statement on the situation:

“Oswego State Athletics and Oswego State women’s hockey take this matter very seriously. The appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken.”

Oswego State women’s hockey will be playing on the road tomorrow at SUNY Potsdam and back home Saturday against SUNY Potsdam for senior day. The status for all players involved for this weekend’s games are unknown.

The Oswegonian will update the story as new information is made available.  

UPDATE (4/3/18):

Samonek’s court case on March 22 resulted in no official sentence, the Oswego City Court said. Her next court date is scheduled for April 25.

UPDATE (4/26/18)

After Samonek’s court case on April 25, no official sentence was given, the Oswego City Court said. Her next date is scheduled for July 25.

UPDATE (7/26/18)

Per the Oswego City Court, Samonek’s court case scheduled for July 25 resulted in no official sentence. The court also said her next court date is scheduled for Aug. 23, at 9:30 a.m. No further information was provided about the court case itself.

FINAL UPDATE (9/19/18)

Samonek’s court case was finalized on Aug. 23. The case was dismissed after official sentencing from Oswego City Court. Her final conviction charge description was Driving While Ability Impaired. Samonek pled guilty and was only charged one time for the DWAI.

Her charges are as follows:

  • $350.00 fine that was due on April 25, 2018.
  • A conditional discharge for one year.
  • A $255.00 surcharge due on April 25, 2018.
  • Drivers’ license revoked for one year.

The Oswegonian found that Samonek is no longer a student at Oswego State.

Oswego State athletics said they have no comment on the situation.

5 thoughts on “Oswego State women’s hockey player arrested for DWI

  1. Oswegonian,

    I am wondering why you think that it would be newsworthy to report on such a dark time in an athletes life. Some of the choices that we make in life may not be the best but when poor choices are made sometimes it is best to keep the details private among the parties involved. This story is going to have such negative reproductions on everyone that was involved. Things reported on the internet cannot be erased but people can regret decisions they have made and works towards changing their behaviour in the future. Please take this article down as I find it to be very distasteful of a reputable news source to report something so damaging to people’s future.

    1. I swear to god you don’t know WHAT you’re talking about. Drunk driving ends lives she needs to learn! SUCK MY WEINER CHICA!!!

  2. City of Oswego police have absolutely no compassion! All about numbers and arrests. They need to reinforce their moto! And of course the media has to sensationalise a mistake or maybe even an attempt to get other more intoxicated friends home. Checkpoints etc. Have some compassion Oswego city Pd!

  3. Nobody is exempt from the repercussions of a DUI. She could have seriously injured or killed somebody and being a D III athlete is no excuse for reckless behavior. The news article itself won’t damage anybody, it’s the fact that she endangered the lives of others that people will look down on. Also, arrests are public knowledge. Whoever wants to know, employers, schools, and the public can easily find out with a background check or a short Google search. Regret isn’t enough in the eyes of the public. PLAY STUPID GAMES WIN STUPID PRIZES.

    1. What angers me about this article is the fact that this has happened to other Oswego athletes but meanwhile where is an article written about their DUI. We never know the shoes that someone is in. Instead of tearing down Oswego State athletes we should be building them up. That is true the records are public knowledge, but why was there a need to public shame this poor girl. If you are going to write an article about bad decisions athletes make, then you need to write about every athlete that makes a mistake. These athletes are young adults. College is a place of learning from our failures. I hope next time you think long and hard about what you are writing before you publish it.

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