Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Lima resident on felony DWI charges following a traffic stop. On May 21, 2021 at approximately 11:10pm, Deputy Cheyenne Masiello was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit when she conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Clay Street, in the Town of Lima, for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Marilee A. Hoffman, age 42 from Lima, NY. During the stop, the Deputy Sheriff suspected that Hoffman was under the influence of alcohol. The Deputy
Sheriff did conduct a DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Hoffman was taken into custody for DWI. During the investigation, it was also discovered that Hoffman did have a passenger in the vehicle that was under the age of sixteen (16) years old.
Hoffman was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office sub-station in Lakeville, where she was offered a breathalyzer to determine her blood alcohol content (BAC). Deputy Michael Phillips did administer the test which revealed that Hoffman had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .14%. Hoffman was arrested and charged with felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Leandra’s
Law), Endangering the Welfare of a Child, as well additional Violations of the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law.
Hoffman was transported and turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The offenses did qualify for arraignment as the Judge can invoke driving restrictions however, the Judge cannot set bail under the NYS Justice Reform Act. Hoffman was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Avon Justice David Hoffman. The Judge did release Hoffman on her own recognizance per the law to return to court at a later date and Deputies did set her free.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Hoffman at the court arraignment for her defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.