GENESEO- Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Geneseo man on numerous charges including felony DWI after a vehicle pursuit. On April 1, 2019 at approximately 6:30 pm, Deputy Connor Sanford was assigned to the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit when he stopped a vehicle on West Lake Road in the Town of Geneseo for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
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The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as 67 year old Rudolph Hettis. The Deputy Sheriff suspected that Hettis was under the influence of alcohol and attempted to conduct a roadside DWI investigation. However, Hettis refused to comply with the Deputy’s
requests by not exiting the vehicle for further investigation and drove away from the stop. The Deputy Sheriff pursued Hettis with emergency lights and siren activated and requested assistance from other units. The Deputy Sheriff pursued Hettis onto Long Point Road,
Lakeville Groveland Road, Reservoir Road and back onto West Lake Road until Hettis pulled into his own driveway on West Lake Road.
Hettis still refused to exit his vehicle and when Deputies opened the driver’s door, Hettis reached to an area in the car where he had two knives located. Deputies then escorted Hettis from the vehicle and took him into custody to avoid any further danger to those involved. EMS
was called to the scene to check on Hettis who signed off on medical treatment.
The investigating Deputies also found that Hettis was in possession of marijuana as well as concentrated cannabis. Hettis was placed under arrest and transported to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail where Deputy Heather Benjamin of the Sheriff’s Office Jail Division attempted to administer a breathalyzer test. However, Hettis refused to cooperate with the test and was deemed a refusal. Hettis was charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated as he had a previous DWI related conviction within the previous ten years. Hettis was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the 2nd Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Hettis 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 charge. It was recommended that Hettis be held on
$5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Hettis was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at
the Livingston County Jail before Village of Avon Justice Joseph Temperato. The Judge remanded Hettis to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.
Assisting with the incident were Deputy Matthew Thomas, Deputy Matt Moran and Sergeant Ryan Swanson.