SARATOGA — A Schuylerville man could serve up to four years in state prison after being convicted of driving while under the influence of drugs with a child in the vehicle.
A Saratoga County jury found Troy D. Cassell Jr., 39, guilty of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, a class E felony, and three misdemeanor crimes of driving while ability impaired by drugs, third-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and endangering the welfare of a child.
The conviction comes after a Sept. 12, 2021, incident in which Cassell was found to have been driving with a suspended license. A 6-year-old child was in the back seat when Cassell lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment on Route 29 near Schuyler Farms in the town of Saratoga. The vehicle was found flipped over in a ditch by New York State Police.
Police said Cassell exhibited significant signs of drug impairment and failed several field sobriety tests before being taken into custody. The child was treated by Cambridge Valley EMS and was released to relatives at the scene.
“We are pleased the jury recognized and held the defendant accountable for the grave danger he placed the child victim in as a result of his choice to operate a vehicle while impaired by drugs,” said Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen in a statement.
Heggen announced the conviction Wednesday and praised the work of of Trooper Daniel Beaudoin and Sgt. Michael Tromblee for their work on the case.
“We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to apprehend and prosecute those who choose to drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol,” Heggen said. “Fortunately the child victim escaped the crash without any significant injuries.”
The conviction comes after a week-long trial before Saratoga County Judge James Murphy III.
Cassell is expected to be sentenced Nov. 3.