Photo from Saratoga County District Attorney, James A. Murphy, III
SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Anton Hawkins was sentenced Thursday after police say he was driving drunk and crashed his car on the Northway in Halfmoon.
The car, hitting speeds of 140 miles per hour spun out of control, flipped, and ended up on its roof on November 24, 2012. One of his passengers was ejected and suffered serious injuries, and two other passengers were also hurt. Hawkins later pleaded guilty to Vehicular Assault.
State Police used GPS technology from a cell phone in the vehicle along with witness accounts from passengers to establish Hawkins speed just prior to the crash. The speedometer in the car was recorded on a cell phone in the vehicle, and that footage depicts the speedometer of the Camry maxed at approximately 140mph just seconds prior to the crash.
The 26-year-old Hawkins was sentenced to one and a half to three years in a state correctional facility and after that a 3 year mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device for any vehicle he drives. His license was also revoked.
"The cell video of the car careening down the Northway going 130 mph with music blasting on the stereo is chilling. It's beyond frightening to think that this defendant was actually driving and a miracle that he didn't kill someone. I'm glad the judge removed him from our roadways for the safety of our community. The ignition interlock device will help to stop him from driving drunk in the future. Let's hope he gets the message," said Saratoga County D.A. James Murphy.
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