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Troy man pleads guilty in Dunn Memorial car crash case

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ALBANY, N.Y. - A Troy man pleaded guilty to his charge in connection to a high speed case that led to a crash on the Dunn Memorial Bridge.

According to District Attorney P. David Soares, Jayvon Daniels, 17, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a felony.

Daniels faces up to nine years in State Prison, in addition to five years of post-release supervision when he is set to be sentenced on September 8.

On March 26, Daniels was in the backseat of a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz with two others. The vehicle they were driving matched the description of one that was involved in a shooting the previous night and police attempted to stop the vehicle to question the occupants.  

The driver, Dahmeek McDonald, 19, pleaded guilty to leading police on a high speed pursuit into Albany County, driving the wrong way for over half a mile in I-787. He was caught speeding more than of 60 miles per hour on residential roads such as Myrtle Avenue and over 80 miles per hour on the Dunn Memorial Bridge.

The chase ended when McDonald crashed the vehicle into a guardrail on Dunn Memorial Bridge. The three occupants ran out of the vehicle, according to officials. At that time, authorities said Daniels threw a loaded 9 MM Jiminez Arms handgun over a railing, which landed on a lower bridge and discharged upon impact. Daniels then jumped off of the bridge and fell roughly 40 feet, resulting in serious physical injury.

Officials say McDonald also jumped off of a bridge railing and was injured. 

At the scene, police said they found McDonald was in possession of crack cocoaine.  

On June 12, McDonald pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a felony. He faces four years in State Prison when he is sentenced on August 5.

The third passenger, a 17-year-old, was also arrested after also climbing over the bridge railing, but police prevented him from jumping off. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and faces three years of probation when sentenced on September 4.  


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