Drunken driver who hit car gets 6-month term

JOHNSTOWN -A city of Johnstown man who was drunk last summer when his vehicle struck another car containing seven people was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to six months in the county jail.

Andrew R. Grismore, 28, of West State Street, was also sentenced by Judge Richard C. Giardino to five years of probation. He received thousands of dollars in fines, his license will be revoked and he will be required to use an ignition-interlock device on his vehicles.

Under a plea arrangement, Grismore pleaded guilty in March to three felony counts of second-degree assault, three felony counts of second-degree vehicular assault, seven counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, one count of third-degree assault, one count of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

Grismore was previously indicted by a county grand injury in connection with a July 5 crash involving his car and another car with seven people on Route 30 in Northampton. The crash resulted in four people being injured and requiring medical treatment.

The crash involved Grismore’s 2003 Jeep and a vehicle driven by Mary Stiglmeier, whose family members were returning from a local restaurant to their summer camp in Northampton, authorities said.

Authorities said Stiglmeier suffered various leg and neck injuries; Catherine Stiglmeier had nerve damage to the face and a fracture to the left clavicle; and Andrew Carroll had a displaced sternum fracture, fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion.

At the time of the crash, Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said Grismore could have faced up to seven years in prison.

Michael Anich can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.