GENESEO – Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies forcibly removed a Victor man from his pickup at gunpoint after he led them on a high-speed chase from Rte. 63 into Village side streets.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Robert Flynn, 48, was arrested for several felony charges including felony Driving While Intoxicated and felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree.
“You know the old saying, ‘don’t mess with a Deputy Sheriff,’ well don’t,” said Dougherty.
On April 17, 2017 at about 9:30 p.m., Deputy John Morgan initiated a traffic stop on a Dodge Ram pickup truck on Rte. 63 (Mount Morris Road) in the area of Abele Road for an alleged vehicle and traffic law violation. The Deputy Sheriff approached the vehicle and met with the operator, identified as Flynn. Flynn turned his vehicle off.
The Deputy alleges that an open Budweiser can was observed and removed from the center console. A Deputy Sheriff from the Sheriff’s STOP-DWI Unit was requested to the scene. As Morgan was continuing to speak with the operator at the driver’s side door, Flynn allegedly became uncooperative, started the truck back up and attempted to put the vehicle in drive. Flynn allegedly slammed the driver’s side door on Deputy Morgan’s arm and sped off.
The Deputy Sheriff pursued Flynn who is alleged to have continued in spite of Deputies’ lights and sirens. Flynn traveled onto Jones Bridge Road, and then Crossett Road towards the Village of Geneseo. Deputy Connor Sanford joined the pursuit on Crossett Road and Officer Ben Swanson of the Geneseo Police Department set up and ultimately deployed stop sticks, designed to puncture tires, on Crossett Road near Rte. 20A.
Flynn struck the stop sticks and his tires went flat. Flynn continued across South Street onto Temple Hill and then onto Highland Road. Flynn’s tires were disabled by this point and Deputies boxed him in. Deputies held Flynn at gunpoint and forcefully removed him from the vehicle. Flynn was taken into custody without further incident.
Deputy Morgan was treated on scene by the Geneseo Ambulance for an injury to his arm and declined to be treated.
Investigators found that Flynn had three prior convictions for DWI. He was on probation for a DWI and was required to install an ignition interlock device on any car he owned or operated.
Flynn is now charged in both Groveland Town Court and Geneseo Village Court with misdemeanor Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, misdemeanor Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, misdemeanor Unlawful Fleeing a Police Vehicle and several violations and infractions including an ignition interlock violation and refusing a breath test.
Flynn was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office provided a bail recommendation that Flynn be held without bail on the felony charges in Geneseo due to his previous convictions.
Groveland Town Justice Jenean Love arraigned Flynn and ordered him held at the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.
Geneseo Town Justice Kathleen Houston arraigned Flynn and remanded him to the Livingston County Jail without bail.