AVON – A report of a stumbling shopper led to the arrest of an Arkport resident for allegedly driving drugged and a Dansville resident for allegedly possessing heroin.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Joshua Penta, 37, of Arkport, was arrested for misdemeanor Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument. Daniel White, 33, of Dansville, was arrested for misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.
On Feb. 7 at about 6:30 p.m., Deputies were called to a convenience store in the Town of Avon to check the welfare of a male subject who was stumbling around in the store.
Deputy Matthew Moran and Deputy Jason Butterbrodt arrived on the scene and located the person, identified as Penta. The Deputies determined that Penta drove his car to the store and believed that Penta was impaired by drugs.
Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit and also a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Following the investigation, Penta was arrested on the suspicion of DWAI.
Upon searching the car, Deputies found 12 bags of what is believed to be heroin and two hypodermic needles. As a result, additional charges were filed against Penta. A passenger, identified as White, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.
Both Penta and White were transported to the Livingston County Jail and turned over to Central Booking Deputies for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
Avon Town Justice Michael Torregiano arraigned both subjects on Feb. 8 and released them on their own recognizance, with no bail required. They are due back in court at a later date to answer the charges.