Driver gets probation for PCP-influenced crash

WHITE PLAINS — A man who struck a 23-year-old man with his car while driving high on PCP in Mount Vernon a year ago was sentenced to probation today and ordered to surrender his driver’s license.

Lawrence McDowdell, 42, was sentenced to time served with five years’ probation, following his guilty plea to second-degree vehicular assault, a felony, and driving while ability impaired, a misdemeanor.

McDowdell, a Mount Vernon resident, struck the man in front of 146 South 10th Ave. on April 13, 2010. The impact broke the victim’s leg in three places.

McDowdell also smashed into three parked cars before fleeing on foot shortly before 7 p.m. Police arrested him a short time later. He spent 9 days in jail.

In court, McDowdell apologized for his actions to Westchester County Judge James Hubert. His lawyer, Richard Portale, said McDowdell knew the family and reached out to them right away.

As part of his probation, McDowdell must stay off drugs. His driver’s license was revoked, and he now gets around on a bicycle, Portale said.