CALEDONIA: The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Leroy, NY resident after Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a traffic complaint and motor vehicle crash. On November 6, 2018 at approximately 7:30 pm, Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Donals was dispatched to the area of the Route 5 in the Town of Avon to check on a vehicle that was operating erratically and nearly ran the caller off the road. The vehicle in question was located on Route 5 in the Town of Caledonia after it had left the roadway and rolled over in a field.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as 18 year old Hunter M. Passage. Passage was checked and treated by EMS on scene but was not transported to the hospital, however, it was suspected that Passage was under the influence of drugs. Deputy Matthew Thomas, who is assigned to the STOP DWI Unit, responded to the scene to conduct a DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. Investigating Deputies also found Passage to be in possession of drug smoking devices. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Passage was taken into custody for DWAI Drugs.
Passage was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Officer Ben Swanson of the Geneseo Police Department, who is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), conducted a drug evaluation. It was the Officer’s expert opinion that Passage was
under the influence of cannabis and an inhalant and could not operate a vehicle in a safe manner. Passage was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Passage was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
Passage was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Village of Avon Justice Joseph Temperato. The Judge released Passage on his own recognizance (ROR).
Emergency Personnel from the Caledonia Police Department, Caledonia Fire Department and CHS Ambulance were on scene to assist. Also on scene assisting for the Sheriff’s Office were Sergeant Ryan Swanson and Deputy Scott Patterson (FIU).