BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - A Schenectady man has pleaded guilty to driving drunk while speeding down the Northway before crashing his car and injuring his passengers last year.
District Attorney James Murphy said 24-year-old Anton Hawkins, of 436 Manhattan Street, pleaded guilty to the crime of Vehicular Assault 2nd-degree in Saratoga County Court Thursday.
Murphy says the crash happened in November 2012 while traveling south the Northway in the town of Halfmoon.
Hawkins lost control of the Toyota Camry he was driving while drunk when the car spun out of control, flipped, rolled over and ended up on its roof in the northbound lanes.
Murphy says one of his passengers was ejected from the vehicle, causing serious injury. The other passengers in the Camry were injured but not seriously.
State Police were able to utilize GPS technology from a cell phone in the vehicle along with witness accounts from passengers to establish Hawkins was traveling at approximately 140mph just prior to the crash.
Murphy says Hawkin's reckless driving prior to the crash was also recorded and on a cell phone in the vehicle. The footage depicts the speedometer of the Camry maxed at approximately 140mph just seconds prior to the crash. State Police were able to pinpoint the time and location of the video based upon the GPS coordinates from the phone.
Hawkins faces up to three years in state prison when sentenced in May.