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Ballston Spa man sentenced in wrong-way roundabout crash

A Ballston Spa man accused of going the wrong way around a Malta roundabout and hitting another v...
Ryan A. Pappalau
Ryan A. Pappalau

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A Ballston Spa man accused of going the wrong way around a Malta roundabout and hitting another vehicle head-on in February was sentenced Monday to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

Ryan A. Pappalau, 21, was sentenced by Saratoga County Court Judge James A. Murphy on charges of second-degree vehicular assault, a felony, and driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office.

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The charges stemmed from a crash the morning of Feb. 7, at the roundabout at state Route 67 and State Farm Place. State police said then that Pappalau drove a 2013 Ford Mustang the wrong way around the roundabout at a high rate of speed, hitting a Chevrolet Suburban head-on. An unnamed passenger in the Suburban was treated at Albany Medical Center for serious injuries, troopers said.

At the time, Pappalau faced additional charges of unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol under the age of 21, and numerous vehicle and traffic law offenses.

Reach Gazette reporter Ned Campbell at 395-3142, [email protected] or @nedcampbell on Twitter.

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