BETHLEHEM, NY (NEWS10) – On Saturday, October 24th at around 12:42 P.M., a Bethlehem Police Officer observed a Silver Mitsubishi Galant traveling southbound on State Route 32 in the Town of Bethlehem near the area of the Bethlehem and New Scotland Town line.
The vehicle was seen operating recklessly and passed several cars on a double solid line at a high rate of speed.
After the officer had to elude the driver to avoid being hit by the car, the officer activated his emergency lights and sirens in an effort to catch up to the suspect’s vehicle and apprehend the violator.
The suspect continued to travel about a half a mile, into the Town of New Scotland, and passed multiple cars in a no passing zone.
The Mitsubishi Galant hit a Ford Escape head-on that was traveling northbound on Route 32 and then veered into a telephone pole in the area of Route 32 and Old Quarry Road in the Town of New Scotland.
Once the officer arrived at the scene, he was able to give aid to the injured operator of the Ford Escape. This person suffered serious physical injury that consisted of a fracture to his right leg.
The driver of the Galant was identified as 25-year-old Donald H. Hojnicki of Albany. The investigation determined Hojnicki was driving while intoxicated.
Hojnicki was arrested by Bethlehem Police and charged with felony counts of Reckless Endangerment in the first degree, Vehicular Assault in the first degree, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the second degree, and misdemeanor counts of Driving While Intoxicated, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content greater than .08%, Aggravated Operation of a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content greater than .18%, and Reckless Driving, as well as multiple violations of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Hojnicki was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court by Honorable Judge Andrew Kirby. Hojnicki was remanded to the Albany County Jail in lieu of seventy-five hundred dollars bail.
His next court date is set for October 27th, at 9 A.M.