Legally drunk and high on marijuana, Daniel Stack crossed over a double yellow line on Route 146 in Clifton Park and slammed his 2009 Honda Civic head-on into another vehicle at noon on Aug. 22.
The 27-year-old Saratoga Springs man’s vehicle crumpled a 2007 Camry. The 63-year-old driver he struck suffered serious injuries, including roughly a dozen broken bones, a lacerated spleen and eye injuries that may result in the permanent loss of vision.
In Saratoga County Court on Monday, Stack was ordered to serve up to three years in prison after he admitted to one count of second-degree vehicular assault. He was also convicted of one count of driving while intoxicated and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim as part of a plea agreement.
State police determined that Stack was operating his vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 percent. He was also found to have Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol — the active impairing compound found in marijuana — present in his blood at the time of the crash.
“It is troubling to think that at noon in the middle of a beautiful summer day the roads are filled with drivers drunk and high, like the defendant was, when he crossed into the oncoming lane and caused so much damage to so many lives including his own,” said Assistant District Attorney Patrick Campion in a statement.