Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of an Ontario County resident on Driving While Intoxicated and felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle charges after a traffic stop.
On January 9th, 2021 at approximately 9:20pm, Deputy Gordon Truax was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he responded to a complaint of a vehicle that was reported to be all over the road while traveling south on Interstate 390 and entering Livingston County from Monroe County.
The Deputy Sheriff did locate the vehicle traveling south on 390 and observed violations of the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law at which point a traffic stop was conducted. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Priscilla J. Coon, age 29 from Shortsville, NY. The Deputy Sheriff suspected that Coon was under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Michael Donals, who is assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, responded to the scene to conduct a DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Coon was taken into custody for DWI.
Coon was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where she was offered a breathalyzer to determine her blood alcohol content (BAC) however, Coon refused to take the test. A records check revealed that Coon had a revoked driver’s license as a result of previous DWI related offenses.
Coon was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree. Coon was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and
pre-arraignment detention. The offenses did qualify for arraignment under the NYS Justice Reform Act however, the Judge cannot set bail but only apply license restrictions.
Coon was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Livonia Justice Robert Lemen. The Judge did release Coon on her own recognizance per the law and Deputies did set her free, pending further court proceedings.