DANSVILLE – A motorcyclist from Greece, NY who was apparently headed home from the hill climb event at Poags Hole Road on Sunday was arrested for felony cocaine possession by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office after being pulled over for unsafely passing stationary traffic by using the shoulder of the road.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Richard Rivaldo, 48, was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, or ‘with intent to sell,’ a class B Felony, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D Felony, and numerous traffic violations that included Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree.
On August 16, 2015 at approximately 4:14 p.m., Deputy Connor Sanford and Deputy Michael Williams of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office stopped two motorcycles exiting the Poags Hole Road area from the hill climb event for allegedly unsafely passing stationary traffic down the shoulder of the roadway.
The Deputies spoke to both operators, one who identified himself as Rivaldo. It was found that Rivaldo’s NYS drivers license had been revoked a total of 21 times, stemming from 18 incidents on eight different dates. Rivaldo was taken into custody and then searched, resulting in the discovery of seven individually wrapped plastic baggies containing what is believed to be cocaine.
Rivaldo was arraigned in North Dansville Town Court and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of no bail due to prior felony convictions. Rivaldo is being held in the Livingston County Jail and will appear back in North Dansville Town Court at a later date.
The investigation and arrest were handled by Deputy Connor Sanford and Deputy Michael Williams with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.