Police: Ballston Spa man tried to hit four people with car in Schenectady


SCHENECTADY — A Ballston Spa man tried to hit four people with a car last week in Schenectady, authorities said.

Austin R. Deligi-Bender, 20, of Hop City Road, was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with four counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, felonies.

No injuries were reported.

Deligi-Bender is accused of driving his 2004 Honda Civic over the sidewalk on Elbert Street just before 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and onto the lawn in an attempt to strike four people, ages 18, 19, 22 and 50, according to police allegations filed in court.

Deligi-Bender is also accused of threatening the 50-year-old with a pocket knife, saying he would “stick” the man with the knife around the same time and location as the car-related allegation. He faces a misdemeanor count of second-degree menacing related to the knife allegation.

Police arrested Deligi-Bender about 40 minutes after the incident on Yale Street and found him to illegally possess a pill identified as the controlled substance Clonazepam, according to police. Deligi-Bender faces one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, related to the pill allegation.

 





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