LEICESTER — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Leicester man on felony charges after a DWI investigation regarding a man allegedly driving drunk on a lawnmower.
On June 14 at approximately 7:35 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a complaint of an intoxicated male driving a lawn tractor on Route 20a in the Town of Leicester. Deputy Michael Phillips located the tractor on Main Street in the Village of Leicester and observed the male drinking a beer while operating the tractor on the roadway.
The Deputy Sheriff executed a traffic stop and identified the driver of the tractor as Frank J. Mulley, 54, of Leicester. A roadside DWI investigation was launched which included standardized field sobriety tests. Mulley was arrested by the Deputy Sheriff and placed into custody for Driving While Intoxicated.
Mulley had a previous DWI conviction within the last 10 years, making this DWI charge a felony. Mulley also had his driving privileges revoked for a DWI related offense and also had ignition interlock restrictions placed on him. Therefore, Mulley was additionally charged with felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the first degree and Operating Out of Ignition Interlock Restriction.
Mulley refused to take a roadside pre-screen for alcohol and was charged with Refusal of Screening Test. Mulley was transported to the Livingston County Jail where he also refused to take a Breathalyzer test to determine his blood alcohol content (BAC).
Mulley was then turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney's Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony charges. It was advised that Mulley should be held without the chance of bail due to having prior felony convictions by matter of the law.
Mulley was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston Count Jail before Judge Mann. The Judge did remand Mulley to the custody of the Sheriff being held without bail. Mulley will be held until at the Livingston County Jail until further court proceedings.
Assisting with the investigation was Sergeant Matthew Orman and Deputy Michael Wade.