Skaneateles man sentenced for DWI crash in Auburn he claims not to remember

A Skaneateles man was sentenced in Cayuga County Court Tuesday for a crime he previously said he doesn’t remember committing.

In September 2017, Michael DeMarco, 40, went through a DWI checkpoint in Auburn and then fled from the police — initiating a short, high-speed chase which ended in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Arterial East and Seymour Street.

26-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son were both transported to Auburn Community Hospital and treated for injuries from the accident. DeMarco was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for a head injury. Due to sustaining a traumatic brain injury, DeMarco said that he didn’t remember the incident, when he pleaded guilty in August.

At the time of his plea, Judge Thomas Leone outlined his charges as first-degree vehicular assault, a class D felony; second-degree fleeing from police, a class E felony; and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. DeMarco’s blood alcohol content was .15 percent and he was going about 25 mph above the speed limit at the time of the accident, Leone added.

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