LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A routine traffic stop in Avon escalated into a full-scale felony intoxication and drug possession arrest on Friday, meriting congratulations by Sheriff Thomas Dougherty and a warning to drug dealers passing through Livingston County.
According to a press release from Sheriff Dougherty, Howard Machinski, 39, of Andover, NY was arrested Friday after Deputy Shawn Whitford pulled him over on Interstate 390 in the Town of Avon for a traffic violation. An investigation alongside Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit, discovered that Machinski was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, and that Machinski also had some cocaine.
“I continue to be impressed with our Deputies going out and making proactive drug arrests,” said Sheriff Dougherty. “I also think it is important to know that many of these arrests are not Livingston County residents but instead passing through on Interstate 390 and that is the case in this arrest. We have stepped up our efforts all throughout the county, including state highways for the safety and security of our residents and will continue to put the full court press on criminals.”
Machinski was placed into custody and taken for a drug evaluation that was conducted at the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office by Deputy Everett Roach with the Ontario County Sheirffs. The drug evaluation did conclude that Machinski was indeed under the influence of marijuana, as well as a narcotic analgesic.
Machinski was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B Felony, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree, a class E Felony, one count of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, a misdemeanor, and numerous traffic violations. Sheriff Dougherty said that his Deputies continue to arrest numerous drug dealers on major highways in Livingston County, and that this indicates that more drugs are being taken out of larger regional circulation.
“If you are a citizen of Livingston County, please don’t think we are the crime capital here but instead sending a clear message to all; illegal drug sales and use will not be tolerated,” added Sheriff Dougherty. “We are not only cleaning up our own streets but keeping criminal activity out of our county that also may just be passing through.”
Machinski was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $8,000 cash or $16,000 bond. Machinski is being held in the Livingston County Jail and is scheduled to appear in Avon Town Court later this month.
The Sheriff also reaches out to anyone with information pertaining to illegal drug sales, illegal drug use or transporting thereof. He invites anyone with such information to call the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at (585) 243-7100. You can remain anonymous and they will investigate the information to the fullest degree.
PHOTO CAPTION: Photo courtesy of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.