DANSVILLE — A Dansville man is involved in a hit and run when his vehicle sideswipes a New York State Department Environmental Conservation Officer.
The incident began on June 25, 2017 at approximately 5:10 pm, when Andrew Murphy- Longhini, 21, of Dansville struck an officers vehicle.
"When DEC Officer Brian Wade was parked roadside on West Lake Road conducting an DEC related investigation. A vehicle that was traveling southbound sideswiped his patrol vehicle and did not stop. The Officer was able to pull the vehicle over about a mile and a half down the road and take the driver,Murphy-Longhini, into custody. Fortunately, there were no injuries as a result of the collision, just damage to both vehicles," Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said. "Deputies were dispatched to assist with the investigation. During the course of the roadside investigation, Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit, had reason to believe that Murphy-Longhini was operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol."
Murphy-Longhini was taken into custody by Deputies for Driving While Ability Impaired by Combination Drugs and Alcohol, as well as Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.
Deputy Flickner transported Murphy-Longhini to Sheriff's Office HQ in Geneseo where Deputy Matthew Thomas, also of the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit, administered a breathalyzer test and Officer Ben Swanson, a Certified Drug Recognition Expert from the Geneseo Police Department, administered a drug evaluation. The expert opinion was that Murphy-Longhini was under the influence of alcohol, a central nervous system depressant, a narcotic analgesic, and that he could not operate a vehicle safely.
Murphy-Longhini was to be turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. However, prior to his intake, it was found that Murphy-Longhini was in possession of a Xanax bar, which is a controlled substance that he did not have a prescription for. This resulted in an additional charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Murphy-Longhini was later arraigned in the Town of Groveland Court before Justice Livingston on all the charges. The Judge did remand Murphy-Longhini to the custody of the Sheriff on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond for the DWAI in the Town of Groveland and $250 cash or $500 bond for the drug possession in the Village of Geneseo.
Also assisting on scene was Deputy Morganne Harrington, Deputy Mike Donals and Deputy Bob Holt (FIU).