Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Monroe County resident on felony charges following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
On July 8th, 2022 at approximately 5:00 pm Deputy Gordon Truax was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate Initiative on Interstate 390 when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, after responding to the area for a report of an erratic driver.
The Deputy Sheriff did activate the patrol vehicles emergency lights and siren, at which point the vehicle continued southbound on Interstate 390 at a high rate of speed failing to stop. Multiple attempts were made to reach a safe resolution to the pursuit, which included the use of stop sticks.
During the incident, A Deputy Sheriff did set up stop sticks in an attempt to resolve the pursuit. While doing so, it is alleged the operator of the vehicle being pursued intentionally drove at the Deputy, nearly striking him.
The pursuit then continued southbound on the Interstate through Livingston County, and into Steuben County where several additional agencies responded to assist. The vehicle then drove into the median, where it came to a rest. Deputies did approach the vehicle where contact was made with the operator who was identified as Joseph V. Messina, age 39 of Spencerport, NY, and was taken into custody without further incident.
Messina was arrested and charged with Felony Attempted Aggravated Assault upon a Police Officer, Felony Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Menacing in the Second Degree, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, as well several violations of vehicle and traffic law spanning several townships.
Messina was transported and turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended Messina be held on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.
Messina was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Justice Mahany. The Judge did commit Messina to the custody of the Sheriff on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Messina at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office did appear telephonically to represent the people.