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Fleeing, fighting police nets jail term

JOHNSTOWN — An Albany man is facing a year’s incarceration in the Fulton County Jail after his recent guilty plea in Fulton County Court for drinking and driving and resisting offenses.

Eli M. Grajales, 25, of Central Avenue, pleaded guilty Oct. 10 before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to aggravated driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but Grajales is expected to receive one year in jail, one year driver’s license revocation, and he must attach an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

Grajales was charged Aug. 4 by state police with DWI, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration. The arrest occurred after troopers said he was driving drunk and made attempts to flee from authorities.

State police responded to a one-car accident on Priddle Point Road in Mayfield, in which Grajales was the driver. There were two other passengers in the vehicle — a 20-year-old female and a 14-year-old male.

When a trooper attempted to arrest Grajales for DWI, he became combative and agitated. He was partially handcuffed and attempted to flee and began fighting with a trooper and a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy, who also responded to the scene. A member of the Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department assisted in getting a second pair of handcuffs on Grajales. Additional troopers and deputies responded to the incident and after a 15-minute struggle, Grajales was secured and placed in an ambulance with assistance from the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

Grajales continued to fight when placed in the ambulance. Authorities said he was kicking and spitting at police throughout the duration of the incident, and made several attempts to grab a trooper’s firearm.

In other recent County Court action:

∫ Tyshawn Rhea, 30, of Fremont Street, Gloversville, pleaded guilty Oct. 8 before Hoye to two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as part of a plea.

Sentencing was delayed until later, but Rhea is expected to receive 3 1/2 years in state prison and two years post-release supervision. He is due to be sentenced as a second felony offender.

Rhea was arrested June 22.

∫ David VanHorne Jr., 36, of East Fulton Street, Gloversville, pleaded guilty Oct. 8 before Hoye to second-degree attempted assault, as part of a plea arrangement.

He is due to be sentenced later to 1 1/2 to three years in state prison, as a second felony offender. An order of protection will also be granted for the victim.

VanHorne was arrested July 22.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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