AVON – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office alleges that a Newark resident was driving drugged after suspiciously looking into the windows of an Avon home on New Year’s Eve.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Felix Fantauzzi, 52, was arrested for felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operator, misdemeanor DWAI and misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.
On Dec. 31, Deputy Shawn Whitford allegedly observed a man looking into the windows of a home on Rte. 5&20 and drive down the street to an abandoned home.
The Deputy spoke with the man, who was identified as Fantauzzi. Whitford thought that Fantauzzi could be impaired by drugs and requested Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit to the scene.
Deputy Flickner conducted a DWI investigation, after which Fantauzzi was taken into custody for DWAI drugs.
A search of the vehicle seized what are believed to be 10 hypodermic instruments. Fantauzzi was transported to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Geneseo for further evaluation.
Fantauzzi submitted to a drug evaluation. Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Sgt. James Merrick determined that Fantauzzi was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic and was unable to operate a vehicle safely.
Fantauzzi was further charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree because his license was revoked.
Fantauzzi was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
Avon Town Justice Michael Torregiano arraigned Fantauzzi and ordered him held at the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. The District Attorney’s Office recommended bail be set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.