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Repeat offender accused of crashing stolen car in Schenectady while drunk

Repeat offender accused of crashing stolen car in Schenectady while drunk

The crash happened Saturday evening on Broadway, police say
Repeat offender accused of crashing stolen car in Schenectady while drunk
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SCHENECTADY - A Rotterdam man once sent to prison for crashing a stolen car in Schenectady did so again Saturday on Broadway, according to police allegations and records.

Donald Garry, 39, of Glenville Street, was arrested after the 7 p.m. crash near Harrison Avenue and charged with felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, along with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, among other charges.

Garry crashed into another car on Broadway. One person in the other vehicle was taken to Ellis Hospital for what police described as minor injuries.

Garry faces also faces a misdemeanor reckless endangerment count, accused of driving down Broadway, a busy city street, at a high rate of speed causing risk of damage to property, according police allegations filed in court.

The vehicle Garry drove, a 2012 Honda Pilot, had been reported stolen earlier in Schenectady, according to police allegations.

Responding police arrested Garry and determined him to be intoxicated. He refused a breath test, police allege.

Garry has been to prison four times previously, state records show. Most recently, he was sentenced in September 2012 to two to four years in state prison for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.

In that case, Garry admitted that he possessed a stolen car that March and crashed it. Garry told the court at his sentencing then that he hoped to address a drug addiction that led him to commit that crime.

"I need treatment more than anything if I'm ever going to make this cycle end," Garry told the judge then.

2012: Schenectady stolen car case nets prison for man, sadness for grandmother, Sept. 29, 2012

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