Updated: October 30, 2020 06:57 PM
Created: October 30, 2020 05:53 PM
BALLSTON SPA - Paul Pike was accused of driving under the influence of Suboxone, amphetamines and clonazepam when he crashed his 1998 Honda Accord into a telephone pole off Route 50 near Hutchins Road in Saratoga Springs.
"A tragic situation that has lifetime consequences," said Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen.
It happened at about 3:30 on the afternoon of June 10.
Pike, 28, wasn't injured, but his 7-year-old son was in the back seat, and according to prosecutors, was not in a car seat and not buckled up.
The little boy suffered multiple facial fractures and lacerations, and a traumatic brain injury.
"And as a result of that is continuing to have issues in daily life activities, and how sad is that that someone who is so young," said Heggen.
Pike has served time before after violating his probation related to a 2013 DWI conviction.
Judge Jim Murphy asked Pike to admit what he did on that Wednesday afternoon in June. "Did you commit the crime of vehicular assault in the second-degree and commit such crime while operating a motor vehicle while your child who is less than 15 years of age was a passenger and caused serious physical injury to that child. Is that true?
Through a mask and through tears, Pike muttered, "It's true."
Paul Pike of Corinth?pleads guilty to vehicular assault for driving under the influence of drugs and causing a crash that critically and permanently injured his 7-year-old son. Judge ?@JimMurphyIII? ?@WNYT? pic.twitter.com/XYMlVa2IPP— Mark Mulholland (@MulhollandWNYT) October 30, 2020
When he's back here sentencing in January, he faces three to six years.
He was initially charged with aggravated vehicular assault and faced a maximum sentence of up to 15 years before accepting Friday's plea offer.
Assistant District Attorney Shawn Lescault told the judge that the mother of the 7-year-old is considering addressing Pike at the January 8 sentencing.
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