Man in house crash gets jail on other charge

Daniel Sajewski had his community service revoked and Daniel Sajewski had his community service revoked and was sentenced to 7 days in jail at Manhattan Criminal Court. (June 1, 2012) Photo Credit: Pool/Steven Hirsch

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The man who took his mother's Mercedes-Benz without permission hours before his girlfriend drove it through a Huntington home was sentenced to a week in jail Friday in an unrelated case.

Daniel Sajewski, 23, a former Lloyd Harbor resident, had failed to complete the three days of community service ordered by a Manhattan judge after his March 2009 conviction for disorderly conduct, prosecutors said.

In that case, Sajewski was caught carrying a gravity knife while "yelling and screaming and behaving in a violent, tumultuous and threatening manner" as he rode between subway cars on the D train in Harlem, court records show.

Sajewski, a freelance website designer, bowed his head before a judge Friday in Manhattan Criminal Court before pleading guilty to violating the conditions of his 2009 sentence.

The Brooklyn resident understood why he has to do time at Rikers Island, said his attorney, Carl Benincasa.

"When I told him what the judge wanted to do, he said 'That's what I get,' " Benincasa said after the sentencing. "He did not go kicking and screaming."

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Sajewski's record includes convictions for marijuana possession in Brooklyn in February 2010, and selling Ecstasy in the Town of Southampton in May 2009.

In Nassau County, two cases are pending: an August 2009 petty larceny charge; and charges filed in October 2009 for marijuana possession, driving without a license and driving while using a cellphone, records show.

On Memorial Day, police said Sophia Anderson, 21, plowed the 2003 convertible Mercedes through the Huntington home occupied by sisters Helen Indiere, 96, and Virginia Bennert, 94, around 4:05 a.m. Neither sister was injured.

Anderson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30 percent -- nearly four times the legal limit to drive, police said. Only Anderson was criminally charged in the crash. She is being held on $50,000 bail at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead.

Benincasa said Sajewski viewed the crash as a setback in his effort to "turn his life around."

With credit for good behavior and time served, however, Sajewski could be out of Rikers Island as early as Saturday, authorities said.

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