Driver who smoked marijuana, caused accident is sentenced

Thursday, March 28, 2013
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Zackery Davis-Todd
Zackery Davis-Todd

— An 18-year-old Rensselaer County man has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison after he pleaed guilty in January to second-degree vehicular assault.

Zackery Davis-Todd of Castleton was sentenced before Judge Thomas Breslin in Albany County Court this morning, according to District Attorney P. David Soares.

On May 6, 2012, Davis-Todd, while under the influence of marijuana, turned directly in front of the path of a motorcyclist, causing the motorcyclist to crash into the defendant’s car, Soares said. The victim was seriously injured in the collision.

“The defendant’s actions in this case were reckless and careless," said Soares. "I hope this case serves as a reminder to those in our community, particularly teenagers and first- time drivers, that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege, not a right. If you abuse this privilege and operate a motor vehicle under the influence marijuana, alcohol or any other intoxicating substance, you can expect to join Mr. Davis-Todd in a New York state prison.”

Vehicular Crimes Unit Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter prosecuted the case.

Davis-Todd also faces charges from a January arrest after he attempted to rob a woman as she sat in the driver's seat of her vehicle while in the parking lot of Hannaford Plaza in East Greenbush, according to East Greenbush police.

Police say Davis-Todd was being restrained on the ground by a good Samaritan upon their arrival to 598 Columbia Turnpike. The victim said Davis-Todd entered the passenger side of her vehicle to steal her purse, which contained two credit cards and $31.

Police questioned him about a report of a similar incident that had occurred in the same plaza on Dec. 15, 2012.

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