Jeffrey Horton’s blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit to drive when he slammed his truck into the driver’s side door of a car passing by the Northway Exit 8 ramp on Crescent Road on March 29.
The 41-year-old Albany man sailed through a stop light in his 2002 Chevrolet, T-boning a 1999 Mitsubishi and pinning the car against a guide rail on the opposite side of the roadway. The 31-year-old Clifton Park woman driving the Mitsubishi was seriously injured and continues to suffer from her injuries seven months later, acting District Attorney Karren Heggen said.
On Thursday in Saratoga County Court, Horton admitted to second-degree vehicular assault, a felony that could land him up to four years behind bars. He also faces having his license revoked and having an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he drives for three years after his release.
“The injuries she sustained appear to be long-term and may be permanent,” Heggen said in a statement. “The defendant in this case exhibited a disregard for the safety of others that evening when he chose to drive while in an intoxicated condition.”
Horton, who also was injured, registered a blood alcohol content of 0.23 percent at the time of the crash. He also initially faced the charges of driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, three counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault and reckless driving.