CNY City Council Candidate Faces Crime After Crashing Vehicle In Car, Prosecutor Says
Update: Ari Spinoza appeared in court today. See below for more.
Syracuse, NY – Ari Spinoza, a 20-year-old candidate for Manlius city councilor in Tuesday’s election, faces two misdemeanor charges for his role in a road rage episode in March, a prosecutor said.
Spinoza, a Republican, is accused of driving a vehicle that collided with another car in Syracuse. Two other passengers were in the car that Spinoza was driving ‚ and they hit the victim car and victim, according to court documents. Then Spinoza left, in charge of the university hospital police.
Spinoza, 20, is due to appear in Syracuse City Court on Wednesday afternoon.
He declined to comment on the charges at this time on the advice of his lawyer.
Spinoza was initially charged in March with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and second degree harassment, both violations.
October 12, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office has filed two new charges, both for misdemeanors, against Spinoza. These charges are second-degree reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor, and sixth-degree conspiracy, a class B misdemeanor.
Deputy District Attorney Alphonse Williams III said Spinoza was offered a deal some time ago, but Williams said he never received a response. Williams said he believed Spinoza would accept the deal – an ACD or postponement for dismissal – in court on Wednesday.
Williams said Spinoza agreed in court on Wednesday to do 9 p.m. community service for an ACD, a decision that would dismiss the charges once Spinoza meets the court’s demands.
However, the court cannot accept his plea until Spinoza fingerprints the new charges against him on Wednesday, Williams said. Therefore, the case is adjourned until next week for Spinoza to obtain the fingerprints, the ADA said.
Williams said he believed Spinoza paid for the damage to the victim’s car.
Under the terms of the offer, Spinoza is expected to stay out of trouble for the next six months to a year. Williams said. If he does, the charges would be dismissed, Williams said.
Williams told syracuse.com | The Post-Standard’s new misdemeanor charges were brought after his office spoke with the victim and gained a better understanding of the events.
“It is alleged that Mr. Spinoza acted with others while physically attacking the victim, then recklessly crashed into his vehicle in the victim’s vehicle while the victim was inside,” Williams said.
Williams said Spinoza, the victim, and the passengers in the car went to high school together. Spinoza graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius high school.
The incident took place on Harrison Street near Upstate University Hospital on March 13. It happened late on a Saturday night, just before midnight.
The victim alleges that the three people attacked him, although Williams said the victim was not injured to the level that would warrant assault charges. The other two passengers also face charges in this case, Williams said. One has been arraigned and the other has an arrest warrant for him, Williams said.
The victim could not be reached for comment.
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