VILLAGE OF CALEDONIA – Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of an Erie County resident on felony Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation charges after a traffic stop.
On November 3, 2019 at approximately 1:45 am, Deputy Chad Eaton stopped a vehicle on North Street for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Ronald J. Young, age 77 from Buffalo NY. The Deputy Sheriff suspected that Young was under the influence of alcohol and conducted a roadside DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests.
At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Young was taken into custody for DWI. A records check revealed that Young’s driver’s license was revoked for a DWI related offense from June of 2018.
Young was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Jamye Babocsi from the Sheriff’s Office Jail Division administered a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer test revealed that Young had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .13%.
Young was arrested and charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated and felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree. Young was then 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 that Young be held on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.
Young was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Justice Jenean Love. The Judge remanded Young to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.
Deputy Matthew Thomas assisted with the investigation.
“Starting January 1st 2020, many different level crimes are not allowable for the suspect to be held on bail,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “The above case is a good example where a judge will not be able to hold the defendant(s) on bail and instead will be required to release them per
the new law. Catch and release will be the new normal in New York State.”