LIMA: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Geneseo, NY resident on drug related charges after a 911 call to check the welfare of a driver. On January 6, 2019 Deputy Matthew Thomas was assigned to the STOP DWI Unit when he was dispatched to East Main Road in the Town of Lima to check on an operator of a vehicle slumped over the steering wheel. When the Deputy Sheriff arrived on scene he found that the vehicle was parked partially in the roadway and the driver, and sole occupant, appeared to be passed out behind the wheel.
The Deputy Sheriff was able to wake the driver and requested EMS to be sent to the scene to check him.
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The driver was identified as 39 year old Chad W. Lipson. Lipson was treated at the scene by EMS. The Deputy Sheriff further suspected that Lipson was under the influence of drugs and conducted a DWAI investigation that included the performance of standardized field sobriety
tests. The Deputy Sheriff also found that Lipson was in possession of methamphetamine along with a smoking device. A driver’s license check also revealed that Lipson had been operating the vehicle with only a NYS learners permit.
At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Lipson was taken into custody for DWAI Drugs. Lipson was transported to Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo, where he refused to submit to any further drug tests. Lipson was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree (meth), and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
Lipson was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
Lipson was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Avon Justice Jeannine Michalski. The Judge remanded Lipson to the custody of the Sheriff on $250 cash bail or $500 bond.