ALBANY, N.Y. – A Troy man has been sentenced to operating a vehicle that led police on a high speed chase which ended in a crash.
According to District Attorney P. David Soares, Dahmeek McDonald, 19, was sentenced to four years in State Prison, to be followed by two years of Post-Release Supervision, on Monday morning.
McDonald previously pleaded guilty to one Count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Felony.
On March 26, 2014, McDonald was operating a vehicle in Troy with two companions in the car. The vehicle they were driving in matched the description of one that was involved in a shooting the night before, and police attempted to stop the vehicle to question the occupants.
McDonald led police on a high speed pursuit into Albany County, driving the wrong way for over half a mile in I-787, and reaching speeds in excess 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. McDonald jumped off the bridge railing and was injured.
One of the other occupants, Jayvon Daniels, 17, also jumped off the bridge.
McDonald was found to be in possession of crack cocaine.
On July 21, Daniels pleaded guilty to one Count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Felony.
A third passenger, a 17-year-old old was also arrested after also climbing over the bridge railing, but police prevented him from jumping off. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.