Schenectady County

Drunken driver who injured teens is sent back to jail

The drunken driver who injured two teens outside the Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In in 2004 was sent back t
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The drunken driver who injured two teens outside the Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In in 2004 was sent back to jail this week after violating his probation by driving drunk again.

Sean Siegel, 21, appeared in Schenectady County Court this week and was sentenced to a year in jail.

He said little before Judge Karen Drago handed down the sentence. Prosecutors asked for state prison.

In the initial case Siegel admitted he squealed out of the Jumpin’ Jack’s parking lot April 24, 2004, and hit the girls. Officials said his blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.

He was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation. He was also ordered to undergo treatment, not drink and not get rearrested.

The last two conditions were broken on Sept. 6, 2007. Siegel was arrested on North Main Avenue in Albany, accused of driving drunk, according to the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty in October to one count of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

Schenectady County prosecutor Peter Willis said Siegel also failed to complete ordered treatment.

Siegel was represented this week by attorney Michael Horan. Horan could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

In the Scotia case, Siegel pleaded guilty in July 2004 to two counts of felony vehicular assault and one count of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. The original plea deal called for up to two to six years in state prison but for that to be reduced to six months of shock incarceration.

Siegel was found ineligible for the shock program and the agreement was changed to six months in jail and five years of probation, to which Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago sentenced him.

His latest sentence will take into account time already served. Once his sentence is complete, he will no longer be on probation, Willis said.

Francesca Goyette and Diana Strenka were struck and injured by Siegel in the 2004 accident, and both suffered through months of recovery, missing much of their spring term at Scotia-Glenville High School.

They were struck as they crossed the street after getting ice cream and milkshakes.

“I truly am one of the lucky ones,” Goyette said at Siegel’s 2005 sentencing. “One thing I’ve learned from this is that alcohol will never be a part of my life.”

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