Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of two (2) Geneseo NY residents on drug related charges after a traffic stop.
On January 7, 2020 at approximately 7:55 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Lakeville Road (State Route 20a) near Interstate 390 for what was reported as a possible domestic incident occurring roadside in a vehicle.
A short time later Sheriff’s Investigator Connor Sanford located the vehicle traveling on Lakeville Road near Morgan View Drive where he initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 66 year old William J. Rochester and the passenger in the vehicle was identified as 48 year old Kerri L. Forsberg..
It was suspected that the two were involved in drug activity and that Rochester was under the influence of drugs. Deputy Michael Phillips, who is assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, conducted a roadside DWAI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests.
It was also found that Rochester and Forsberg were in possession of suspected crack cocaine along with other drug paraphernalia.
At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Rochester was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station in Lakeville where Sergeant Joseph Breu, who is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), conducted an evaluation. It was the Sergeant’s expert opinion that Rochester was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant and that he could not operate a vehicle in a safe manner. A urine sample was also collected to be analyzed.
Rochester was released at the time to a sober third party with an arrest pending lab results. Forsberg was also not charged at the time both due to newly enacted discovery laws.
The drugs and urine sample that were collected were sent to a forensic lab for testing. The results revealed that the suspected crack tested positive for cocaine and that Rochester did have narcotic drugs in his system.
On May 9, 2020 Deputy Phillips arrested and charged Rochester with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.
Forsberg was also arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.
There were no charges resulting from the domestic incident.
Rochester and Forsberg were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and issued appearance tickets for the charges as the offenses did not qualify for arraignment or for bail to be set under the NYS Justice Reform Act. They are to answer to the charges in the Town of Geneseo Court at a later date.
Sheriff’s Investigator Shawn Whitford, Deputy Morganne Harrington, and Deputy Justin Hilt assisted in the investigation as well as the Geneseo Police Department on the initial stop.