MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — The boyfriend of the Brooklyn girl accused of drunkenly crashing a car through a Long Island home this week was sentenced to seven days in jail — for his own prior mischief.
Daniel Sajewski, 23, who sat shotgun when his 21-year-old girlfriend Sophia Anderson allegedly rammed his parents' red Mercedes convertible into the home of a 96-year-old Long Island woman on Sunday, survived the car crash unscathed, but his previous criminal record has caught up with him.
On Friday, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Rita Mella slapped Sajewski with jail time for skipping out on community service related to a 2008 arrest. Sajewski had been charged with offenses including criminal possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct and unsafe riding in the transit system — or subway surfing.
According to the complaint, Sajewski rode on the train car's roof, as well as "the platform between the subway cars and on an area outside of a subway car" along the D train line back in November of 2008. He was also "behaving in a violent, tumultuous, and threatening manner."
Sajewski, from a well-off Huntington, Long Island family, is now "trying to get his life back on track," his lawyer, Carl Benincasa, told reporters after the sentencing.
"There's no denying he's made mistakes," said Benincasa, adding that his client understands he deserves the jail time. "He did not go kicking and screaming."
Meanwhile, his girlfriend, a Manhattan waitress, is being held on a $50,000 bail.