Man sentenced to prison for vehicular assault charges

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A man has been sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in a one car rollover crash.

According to Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III, Morgan Petralia, 24, was sentenced to one to three years in State Prison on Thursday.

Petralia previously pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in the first degree, a felony.

The sentencing comes after Petralia admitted to driving drunk when he failed to negotiate a curve and his vehicle rolled over and crashed, seriously injuring his passenger. The incident occurred on November 17, 2013 on State Route 29.

State Police conducting the investigation determined that Petralia’s BAC was .19-percent after the crash.

The passenger suffered from facial, neck and spinal fractures and damage to her left eye. She has made a recovery other than the damage to her eye, which is expected 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. The victim will recover fully from the broken bones, but her eye will be a lifelong disability,” said Murphy.

Petralia must also install an ignition interlock device for a period of three years, which begins at the time he is released from prison.  

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