Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of an Avon resident on felony drug related charges following a traffic stop.
On May 22, 2021, Deputy Dylan Bowser was patrolling Interstate 390 when he observed a vehicle traveling southbound and being operated by a subject known to have an active arrest warrant out of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for charges stemming from a previous investigation. The vehicle did exit Interstate 390 at Exit 7, at which point the vehicle did pull into the parking lot of a business on Mount Morris-Geneseo Road in the Town of Mount Morris. The Deputy Sheriff did conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was confirmed to be
warrant suspect John H. Washburn, age 42.
Sheriff’s Deputies did direct Washburn to exit the vehicle, at which point he began to flee in the vehicle towards the rear of the business until the vehicle became disabled in the yard. Washburn then attempted to flee on foot before being quickly taken into custody by Deputies following a short foot pursuit. During the investigation, Washburn was also found to be in possession of approximately one (1) gram of suspected crack cocaine.
Washburn was arrested and charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, as well as the charges he was previously wanted for. Washburn was transported and turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the NYS Justice Reform Act due to Washburn having two (2) previous felony
The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that Washburn be held without the possibility of bail. Washburn was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Avon Justice Dave Hoffmann. The Judge did remand
Washburn to the custody of the Sheriff for further court proceedings per the law.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Washburn at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.
Assisting on scene for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Jerry Pilkenton and Deputy Michael Donals. The incident was led under the command leadership of Sergeant Matthew Thomas.