Man gets prison for DWI

JOHNSTOWN – An Amsterdam motorist was sentenced Monday in Fulton County Court to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison in a drinking-and-driving case.

James W. Crawford, 45, of 184 Smith Road, was sentenced by Judge Richard C. Giardino, as part of a plea arrangement, in full satisfaction of charges against him.

The sentence was based on Crawford’s April 30 guilty plea to one count of felony driving while intoxicated.

He was arrested Aug. 1, 2012, by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies in the town of Perth. He was charged with felony DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Deputies at the time said Crawford was involved in a two-car crash at 9:16 p.m. that day on Route 30, north of County Highway 107. He suffered a neck injury and was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.

Deputies said the other driver – Olivia S. McMullen, 21, of 6 Elman St., Broadalbin – complained of a leg injury and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam.

Crawford was traveling south on Route 30 and drove his car onto the northbound lane, striking McMullen’s car, deputies said. McMullen’s vehicle left the east side of the highway, struck two mailboxes and a sign post, and was forced into guide rails. Crawford’s car then struck an earth embankment before coming back onto the highway, deputies said.