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Albany County DA outraged over probation for four-time DWI offender

ALBANY – A Schenectady man with three prior DWI related convictions was sentenced to five years of felony probation by Honorable Peter Lynch in Albany County Court on Thursday.

The prosecution advocated for state prison time at sentencing. 

“It is outrageous and unacceptable to believe that a person with this many previous convictions for driving related offenses would not understand the seriousness of reckless driving and fleeing from police, and would then ultimately endanger the lives of law enforcement and other motorists,” commented DA David Soares.  

On January, 16, Frazier rejected the prosecution’s offer to plead guilty to Felony DWI and receive 2 to 6 years in State Prison, and instead pleaded guilty to the entire indictment, which included two counts of driving while intoxicated, a felony, one count of reckless driving, a misdemeanor, and one count of failure to obey police officers and flagpersons, a vehicle and traffic violation.

On the evening of May 26, 2013, Frazier was observed by police officers driving an ATV erratically in the parking lot of Rite Aid in the Town of Colonie.  Members of the Colonie Police Department attempted to stop the defendant, but instead the defendant led police on a pursuit ending behind the parking lot of Lia Infinity when the defendant crashed his ATV and got it stuck in to a marsh in the rear of the parking lot.

Frazier failed field sobriety tests, admitted to drinking alcohol, and had a blood alcohol content of .17% when the test was administered almost two hours after the stop.  Frazier was on Parole for a previous DWI conviction at the time of arrest.