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Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Monroe County resident on felony DWI charges following a traffic stop.
On October 1, 2021 at approximately 11:30pm, Deputy Michael Phillips was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit when
he conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on State Street, in the Village of Caledonia, for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic
The operator of the vehicle was identified as Wendelin L. Black, age 64 from Rochester, NY. During the stop, the Deputy Sheriff
suspected that Black was under the influence of alcohol. The Deputy Sheriff did conduct a DWI investigation which included the
performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Black was taken into custody for
Black was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where she was offered a breathalyzer to determine her
blood alcohol content (BAC) however, Black refused to take the test.
A records check revealed that Black had a previous conviction for DWI in September of 2018.
Black was arrested and charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated, as well as an additional violation of the NYS Vehicle &
Black was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The
offenses did qualify for arraignment as the Judge can invoke driving restrictions however, the Judge cannot set bail under the NYS
Justice Reform Act.
Black was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before
Town of Mount Morris Justice David Provo. The Judge did release Black on her own recognizance, per the law, to return to court at a
later date and Deputies did set her free.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Black at the court arraignment for her defense. The
Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.
Assisting on scene with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Bryan Mann