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Schenectady police: Driver intentionally hit pedestrian after fight

Schenectady police: Driver intentionally hit pedestrian after fight

A Guilderland man used his car to intentionally strike a pedestrian after a bar fight last weekend,

A Guilderland man used his car to intentionally strike a pedestrian after a bar fight last weekend, using his car as a weapon, authorities said.

Edward O. Daniels, 34, of Gari Lane, faces one count each of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies.

Daniels is accused of intentionally striking a man with his car just before 2 a.m. April 23 in the area of Swan and Albany streets, according to court papers.

Daniels drove up onto the sidewalk to hit the man, the papers state. The man suffered cuts to his face and arm and injuries to his leg and chest.

The two men were patrons at the TenTen Lounge on State Street that morning when they got into an argument that led to a fist fight, prosecutor William Sanderson said. The bar kicked one man out the front and the other out the back, Sanderson said.

As the victim walked down Swan Street, Daniels is accused of driving around the corner and into the victim. The victim reported flipping into the air and possibly hitting a building.

Someone helped the victim into a car and drove him to Ellis Hospital, Sanderson said. The man was coherent and speaking to officers at the hospital. Prosecutors are seeking to determine the extent of the man’s injuries, which would determine the final level of assault charge, Sanderson said.

Daniels is accused now of intending to cause serious physical injury to the man with a deadly weapon and causing such injury.

Police based the charges on information from the victim, including a statement and identification of Daniels from a photo array, along with other evidence, according to papers.

Police also charged Daniels with felony weapons possession related to the car itself, a grey Dodge Neon.

Court paperwork describes Daniels as possessing and operating the vehicle with intent to unlawfully use it against another person making it a weapon. The charge also requires the defendant to have been convicted of a crime. The crime cited for Daniels is a 2003 conviction from Schenectady. Papers did not include details of that conviction.

Police formally charged and arrested Daniels Tuesday. He was arraigned in Schenectady City Court and ordered held on $40,000 bail.

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