Drunken driver gets prison for serious Saratoga crash

Thursday, May 22, 2014
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— A Schuylerville man was sentenced to prison Thursday for crashing his car while drunk and injuring his passenger.

Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano sentenced Morgan Petralia, 24, of Broad Street, to spend one to three years in prison on the first-degree vehicular assault charge he admitted to in March. In addition, Petralia was ordered to install an alcohol-sensing ignition interlock device on his vehicle for three years upon his release.

The sentence stems from a rollover accident on Route 29 in the town of Saratoga on Nov. 17 that resulted in serious injury to Petralia’s passenger. State police said he was westbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and flipped over onto the grassy northern shoulder.

Police said Petralia was intoxicated at the time. A breath test determined his blood-alcohol level to be 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal threshold for intoxication, District Attorney James A. Murphy III said.

The victim suffered serious facial and spinal fractures as well as damage to her left eye. Murphy said she has recovered from her injuries other than the damage to her eye, which appears to be permanent.

“While the defendant had no prior alcohol-related convictions of any kind and this is a first offense, we insisted on a state prison sentence due to the severity of the victim’s injuries,” he said.

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