Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Rochester resident on Driving While Ability Impaired by Drug charges after a traffic stop on the Interstate.
On December 8, 2019, Deputy Jerry Pilkenton 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 29 year old Christopher A. Whisman. The Deputy Sheriff suspected that Whisman was under the influence of marijuana and also found that Whisman was in possession of marijuana.
Deputy Matthew Thomas, who is assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, responded to conduct a roadside DWAI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Whisman was taken into
custody for DWAI Drugs.
Whisman was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Michael Phillips, who is a Certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), conducted an evaluation on Whisman. It was the Deputy Sheriffs expert opinion that Whisman was under the influence of cannabis and could not operate a vehicle in a safe manner. A urine sample was collected and will be sent to a forensic lab for testing.
Whisman was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the 2nd Degree.
Whisman was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and released to a sober third party.
Assisting with the investigation on scene was Deputy Caleb Cutting with K9 partner Kai.
“Starting January 1st 2020, many different level crimes are not allowable for the suspect to be held on bail,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “The above case is a good example where a judge will not be able to hold the defendant(s) on bail and instead will be required to release them per
the new law. Catch and release will be the new normal in New York State.”