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Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Mount Morris resident on Felony DWI charges following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
On July 30th, 2022 at approximately 7:45 pm, Deputy Donals, who was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, conducted a traffic stop on Scipio Road in the Town of Mount Morris after observing a vehicle in violation of NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The Deputy made contact with the operator of the vehicle, who was identified as Rick C. Stephens, age 52 from Mount Morris. During the encounter, the Deputy suspected that Stephens was under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Donals did conduct a DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Stephens was then taken into custody for Driving While Intoxicated.
Stephens was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo, where he was offered a breathalyzer to determine his blood alcohol content (BAC). Deputy Heather Benjamin, of the Jail Division, did administer the test which revealed that Stephens had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .13%.
A records check revealed that Stephens had a previous conviction for Driving While Intoxicated in 2016, making this arrest a Felony.
Stephens was arrested and charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated, as well as additional violations of the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law.
Stephens was transported and 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 recommended that Stephens be held without the possibility of bail due to having two previous felony convictions.
Stephens was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Justice Werth. The Judge did commit Stephens to the custody of the Sheriff and was remanded without bail.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Stephens at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.