Liver Recipient Back in Jail After Leaving Alcohol Rehab

 
Gurninderjuit Thandi, a Cheektowaga liver transplant recipient due for sentencing today in a drunken-driving case, was back in custody Monday after prosecutors learned he had left a treatment program and was drinking again.
 
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III confirmed that Thandi was taken from his Edgebrook Estate home Monday by investigators after he left the inpatient program at Erie County Medical Center on Saturday.
 
Sedita said investigators determined Thandi had been drinking. Thandi, 32, was jailed Sept. 14 until the ECMC bed became available two days later.
 
He pleaded guilty June 4 to felonious aggravated drunken driving, aggravated unlicensed driving and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with a multicar crash in Cheektowaga March 20.
 
He admitted having a blood-alcohol reading of 0.56 percent—seven times the state’s legal limit –when he struck a pedestrian, two parked cars and a moving vehicle in the 800 block of French Road about 3:15 p. m.
 
He faces a possible seven-year prison term when sentenced today by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka. Thandi has two previous drunken driving convictions in Staten Island five years ago. He had a liver transplant in Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital in January