LIVINGSTON COUNTY – In addition to numerous misdemeanor DWI arrests, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people on felony driving while intoxicated charges on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3.
According to a press release from Undersheriff Matthew Bean, arrested for felony DWI, among other misdemeanors and violations, were: Andrew Gilkes, 27; Megan Reuther, 25; and Johnathan Cady, 26. Daniel Preston, 26, was charged with Refusal to submit to a Drug Evaluation, misdemeanor Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, and Failure to Keep Right, a violation.
“We encourage all residents and visitors who plan to consume alcohol to have a plan for a safe ride,” said Bean. “We are taking a very proactive stance on getting impaired and intoxicated drivers off our Livingston County roadways for everyone’s safety.”
On July 2 at approximately 12:51 a.m., Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit stopped a vehicle on Sliker Hill Road in the Town of Conesus for alleged vehicle and traffic law violations. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Andrew Gilkes, of Conesus. Upon speaking with Gilkes, Deputy Flickner did suspect that he may be intoxicated, and proceeded with a DWI investigation.
Upon the conclusion of a series of standardized field sobriety tests, Gilkes was placed under arrest for DWI. Gilkes was transported to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail where he submitted to a breath test administered by Deputy Vasile of the Jail Division.
A review of Gilkes’ driving record showed that he did have a prior DWI conviction within the previous 10 years, making this arrest a felony. Gilkes was processed and held in pre-arraignment detention on the charges of Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Felony Driving with a BAC more than .08% and vehicle and traffic law violations.
Geneseo Town Justice Kathleen Houston, who was available at the time, arraigned Gilkes on July 2 and released him on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear later in Conesus Town Court. Assistant District Attorney Joshua Tonra recommended that Gilkes be remanded to jail on $2,000 cash or $4,000 secured bond.
On July 2 at approximately 11:13 p.m., the Livingston County 911 Center received a complaint regarding a possible intoxicated driver operating a black vehicle that was parked at 7/11 in the Village of Leicester.
Deputy Connor Sanford of the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit was dispatched to check the area and located a vehicle matching that description leaving the store parking lot. Deputy Sanford allegedly observed a number of Vehicle and Traffic Law violations and stopped the vehicle. The driver was identified as Jonathan Cady, of Leicester. Cady allegedly refused to submit to any standardized field sobriety tests.
He was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated due to prior conviction within the past 10 years. Cady was also arrested for felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree due to his license being revoked for a prior DWI conviction, as well as other violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Cady was then transported to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail where he was processed and offered a breath test. Cady also allegedly refused to submit to any chemical analysis to determine his blood alcohol content. Cady was held in pre-arraignment detention.
Mount Morris Village Justice Brandon Zingaro arraigned Cady and remanded him to the Livingston County Jail on $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond. Assistant District Attorney Josh Tonra recommended that bail be set at $4,000 cash or $8,000 bond.
On July 3 at approximately 3:45 a.m., Deputy Geoffrey VanDunk of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on Mount Morris Nunda Road (State Highway 408) in the Town of Mount Morris. The investigation alleges the operator of vehicle, Daniel Preston, of Jackson, South Carolina, was operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs.
Preston was taken into custody and transported to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Geneseo for evaluation by a Drug Recognition Expert. Preston later refused to submit to a Drug Evaluation that was to be administered by Deputy Brandan Flickner, a Drug Recognition Expert. Preston was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Failure to Keep Right.
Mount Morris Town Justice James LaPiana arraigned Preston and released him on his own recognizance. Preston is to appear in Mount Morris Town Court at a later date.
On July 3 at approximately 9:32 p.m., Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit stopped a vehicle on West Lake Road in the Town of Conesus for an alleged registration violation.
The driver was identified as Megan Reuther, of Livonia. A DWI investigation was conducted roadside which concluded with Reuther being placed in custody for Driving While Intoxicated. Reuther was transported to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail where she did submit to a chemical breath test, which allegedly revealed that Reuther’s blood alcohol content was a .18%.
Further investigation found that Reuther’s operating privilege in New York State had also been suspended a total of 15 times on 10 separate dates. Reuther was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated per se. .18% BAC or greater, Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree.
Reuther was processed at Central Booking and held in pre-arraignment detention. Assistant District Attorney Josh Tonra did give a bail recommendation of $4,000 cash or $8,000 bond. Reuther was arraigned on July 4th in Conesus Town Court before Justice Mahoney. The Justice did hold Reuther on $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.