BALLSTON SPA – A Saratoga Springs man received up to six years in state prison Tuesday after he drove impaired and seriously injured a 7-year-old in a crash, Saratoga County District Attorney’s officials said Tuesday.
Paul Pike, 28, was sentenced on one count of first-degree vehicular assault in connection to the June 10, 2020 crash. Pike received a total term of 3 to 6 years in prison.
The 7-year-old was a passenger in Pike’s vehicle and suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull, a severe brain bleed and a cut to his face, prosecutors said. A release Tuesday did not provide an update on the boys’ injuries since the crash.
Saratoga Springs Police investigators determined Pike was impaired by a number of drugs at the time of the crash, including suboxone, Vyvanse and klonopin, prosecutors said.
The crash happened on Route 50 in Saratoga Springs, just south of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Pike, who had the 7-year-old and another passenger in his vehicle, crashed into a telephone pole after traveling off the shoulder, prosecutors said.
Pike failed multiple field sobriety tests at the scene and investigators determined he was unable to safely operate the vehicle due to drug impairment, prosecutors said.
“This case is an example of the terrible decision making of the defendant to get behind the wheel of a car when he was impaired by a number of drugs and was unable to safely operate the vehicle,” Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said in a statement.