June 17, 2010, White Plains, NY — Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Brian Sabia (DOB 01/17/94) of 1400 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut, was arraigned today on an eight count indictment charging him with:
Two counts of Assault in the First Degree, class “B” Felonies,
One count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony,
One count of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony,
One count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
One count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felony,
One count of Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony,
One count of Reckless Driving, an unclassified Vehicle and Traffic Law Misdemeanor.
On April 21, 2010, at approximately 9:00 pm, the defendant was observed operating a stolen 2001 Mustang without license plates or headlights in the area of Route 119 and Undercliff Avenue in the Village of Elmsford, New York. His erratic driving resulted in a maroon mini-van having to make an evasive maneuver.
The defendant continued driving west on Route 119. An Elmsford Police Officer on routine patrol attempted to effect a traffic stop by activating the lights and siren on his patrol car.
Rather than pull over, the defendant continued westbound on Route 119 toward Route 9 at speeds estimated between 60 and 80 miles an hour and drove through a series of red traffic lights.
The defendant then turned south on Route 9 and in the Village of Tarrytown, the defendant crossed double-yellow lines which divide the north and southbound lanes of Route 9. In the area of Riverview Road and Route 9, in the Village of Irvington, the defendant sideswiped a car traveling southbound.
Still traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Route 9, at the intersection of Route 9 and Main Street, the defendant failed to stop for a red light. As a result, his vehicle crashed into a marked Irvington patrol car being driven by Officer Luigi Osso, who was turning onto the northbound lanes of Route 9 from Main Street.
Osso had to be extricated from his vehicle and underwent emergency surgery to repair multiple life-threatening internal injuries. The officer still remains hospitalized.
Sabia also had to be extricated from his vehicle.
He was remanded to County Jail.
His next court appearance will be on September 9, 2010.
He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison on the top counts of the indictment.
Assistant District Attorney Christine O’Connor of the Superior Court Trial Division is prosecuting the case.
In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of Professional Responsibility, the reader is advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed
innocent until and unless proven guilty.