ALBANY — Deondre Griffin, 31, of Albany, was sentenced Tuesday, July 12, to 90 days in Albany County Jail, followed by five years of probation, for a road rage case in Colonie.
Griffin pled guilty in Albany County Court to one count of third degree criminal possession of a weapon on May 17 after he was arrested by Colonie Police for an incident on March 24. He was driving northbound on Interstate 87 when another motorist merged in front of his vehicle. Griffin proceeded to follow the other motorist, passed the vehicle and then brought his vehicle to a stop in the middle of the highway directly in front of the other vehicle. He then exited his vehicle, approached the other car and slammed the handle of a knife repeatedly on the window, verbally threatening the other driver. In the process, Griffin cut himself and bled profusely on the other car’s window.
Griffin drove away from the scene and then proceeded to Central Avenue, where he committed an illegal turn. Colonie Police officers witnessed the illegal turn and pulled him over, which was when they noticed the knife he used to attack the other car. Officers arrested Griffin and placed him in the back of a patrol car, where he repeatedly kicked the door and caused damage to the car.
In addition to the jail time and probation, Griffin is required to pay $2,650 in restitution to Colonie Police and must abide by a no contact order of protection for the victim in the case.