Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Rochester NY man on felony charges after a traffic stop. On May 3, 2019 Deputy Shawn Whitford was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle on Interstate 390 for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as 49 year old Algen K. Jackson. The Deputy Sheriff suspected that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and conducted a roadside DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests.
At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Jackson was taken into custody for DWI. A records check revealed that Jackson was driving with a revoked license and that he had a previous conviction for a DWI related offense in March of 2017. Jackson was also ordered to have an interlock ignition device in his vehicle, which he did not.
Jackson was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail where Deputy Justin Hilt of the Jail Division administered a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer test revealed that Jackson had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .17%. Jackson was charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated, felony Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC greater that .08%, felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree, and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Court Ordered Ignition Interlock Device.
Jackson was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana as he was found to be in possession of marijuana.
Jackson 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 charges. It was advised that Jackson should be held
without the chance of bail per the NYS Criminal Procedure Law due to him having prior felony convictions.
Jackson was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth. The Judge remanded Jackson to the custody of the Sheriff without the chance of bail.