AVON – Two Olean residents were arrested late Sunday afternoon on 390 as part of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office’s Operation Safe Interstate after Deputies alleged that the driver was impaired by pain medication and cannabis, and found brass knuckles and needles in his possession.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Matthew Chaffee, 28, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, and his passenger, Kaitlyn Cossairt, 20, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.
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On Nov. 1 at about 4:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Whitford with K9 partner Utah stopped a car on Interstate 390 southbound in the Town of Avon for Following Too Closely. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Chaffee. It was believed through a roadside interview that Chaffee’s ability to operate a vehicle safely was impaired. Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit was requested to the scene to administer a series of standardized field sobriety tests. Following the investigation, Chaffee was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.
During the course of the investigation, Chaffee was also found to be in possession of a set of brass knuckles, as well as a hypodermic instrument. Cossairt was found to be in possession of a hypodermic instrument.
Chaffee was transported to the Sheriff’s Office for a drug evaluation. At the conclusion of the drug evaluation, it was Deputy Flickner’s expert opinion Chaffee was driving under the influence of a Narcotic Analgesic, or pain reliever, as well as Cannabis and was unable to operate a vehicle safely. Chaffee was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon regarding the brass knuckles and a traffic violation.
Chaffee and Cossairt were both transported to Avon Town Court for arraignment by Judge Torregiano, released on their own recognizance, and scheduled to appear back in Avon Town Court at a later date.
The investigation and arrest were handled by Deputy Shawn Whitford with K9 Utah and Deputy Brandan Flickner.