GENESEO – A Greece man was arrested on Friday for DWI after allegedly swerving shoulder to shoulder on I-390 and being pulled over by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Phillip Pernaselci, 51, was arrested for felony Driving While Intoxicated after a 911 call reported a vehicle swerving widely on 390 at about 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 4.
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Sheriff’s Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit located the vehicle on the interstate and stopped the vehicle for moving from the lane unsafely and failing to signal.
Deputy Flickner then noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. A roadside DWI investigation followed, and Pernaselci was subsequently arrested for Driving while Intoxicated.
During the investigation, Deputies learned that Pernaselci was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2006 making this arrest a felony. Pernaselci’s license was also suspended 5 times on 3 separate dates, also making this arrest another felony for Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the First Degree.
Pernaselci was transported to the Sheriff’s Office in Geneseo and refused to take a chemical test. He was arraigned by Judge Torregiano at the Avon Town Court, as no Town of Geneseo Justice was available. Pernaselci was arraigned for felony Driving While Intoxicated, felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the First Degree, moving from lane unsafely and no/improper signal.
Judge Torregiano remanded Pernaselci to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 secured bond.