Schenectady woman enters guilty plea in tailgating case

ALBANY, N.Y. – A 29-year-old Schenectady woman pleaded guilty to several charges after a tailgating incident in March that led to a police chase.

Danielle Boyd pleaded guilty to one count of felony driving while intoxicated, and one felony count of attempted reckless endangerment in Albany County Court Thursday.

On March 7, 2014, at around 2:15 a.m., a Watervliet Police Officer observed a vehicle being operated by Boyd tailgating another vehicle in the driving lane. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop after observing her making an unsafe lane change and cutting off a car in the middle lane.

Instead of pulling over as instructed by the officer who had activated lights and sirens, she drove off at high rate of speed. Boyd drove in excess of 100 miles per hour and struck a guardrail while negotiating Exit 5 onto 1-90 west, damaging the car and front tire.

Boyd continued to flee and debris from the damaged car began to strike the pursuing officer’s vehicle. At that time she continued driving into Schenectady with one of the tires worn away down to the rim. Her vehicle was eventually boxed in and stopped by officers in Schenectady County.

Officers discovered an open bottle of E&J Brandy in the center console of the vehicle. She displayed physical signs of intoxication and registered a blood alcohol content of .11 per cent.

She faces 1 1/3 to 3 years in State Prison for the DWI charge, in addition to a concurrent charge of 1 1/3 to 4 years for the attempted reckless endangerment charge, when sentenced on October 2, 2014.

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