Cops Hit Driver with Weapons Charge for Brass Knuckles

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Scio resident is facing two misdemeanor charges for allegedly driving on 390 while impaired by drugs and with brass knuckles in the vehicle.

According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Ronald Clark, 21, was arrested for misdemeanor DWAI Drugs and misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree.

On Aug. 9, Deputy Connor Sanford, who is a member of the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, was patrolling 390 as part of the Operation Safe Interstate Initiative. The Deputy Sheriff stopped a vehicle on the Interstate for a vehicle and traffic law violation. The operator, identified as Clark, was believed to be operating under the influence of drugs and the Deputy began a roadside DWAI Drug investigation.

Following the investigation, Clark was placed under arrest for DWAI. During the course of the investigation, items of drug paraphernalia were discovered in the vehicle, as well as pair of brass knuckles, which are illegal to possess in New York State.

Clark was then taken to Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Brandan Flickner, who is a Certified Drug Recognition Expert, conducted an evaluation on Clark. The Deputy alleges that Clark was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, a narcotic analgesic, and cannabis and that he could not operate a vehicle safely.

Clark did also provide a urine sample to be sent to the lab for analysis.

Clark was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and he will appear in court at a later date.

(Photos/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)