- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) - A man who agreed to serve as a designated driver is going to prison for a drunken-driving crash that hurt three passengers, including one who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy (LEE’-vee) says Michael Skalaski was impaired by both alcohol and marijuana during the March 2014 crash in Southeast, New York.

He drove up to 80 mph as his passengers begged him to stop and let them out. The vehicle slammed into a tree.

Levy announced Thursday that Skalaski faces 1½ to 4½ years in prison when he’s sentenced on Oct. 21.

He’s pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including aggravated vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated.

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