GROVELAND — A wanted Canaseraga man was arrested by Livingston County Sheriff's Deputies on felony charges after an investigation of a citizen’s traffic complaint.
On Saturday, Nov. 3 at approximately 5:45 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the area of Groveland Hill Road and Vanbuskirk Road in the Town of Groveland for the report of a vehicle operating erratically and nearly running the caller off the road.
Deputy Jerry Pilkenton located the vehicle on Lakeville-Groveland Road, however, before the Deputy Sheriff could attempt to stop the vehicle, the vehicle pulled over and the driver fled on foot. Several units responded to the scene to assist in locating the operator.
The driver, William W. Pritchard, 38, of Canaseraga was located a short time later in a driveway on Reservoir Road by Sergeant Phillip Nesbitt of the NYS Park Police based in Letchworth.
It was further suspected that Pritchard was under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Connor Sanford of the Sheriff’s Office STOP-DWI Unit, responded to the scene and conducted a DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Pritchard was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated.
Pritchard was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Jason Hamilton of the Jail Division administered a breathalyzer test, test revealed that Pritchard’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .10 percent.
Pritchard was charged with driving while intoxicated with a BAC greater than .08 percent and felony, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, due to his license being suspended six times in combination with a previous driving while intoxicated charge.
It was also discovered during the investigation that Pritchard had an outstanding warrant out of Livingston County Family Court.
Pritchard was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Village of Dansville Justice Scott Kenney. The Judge remanded Pritchard to the custody of the Sheriff on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.
It's also alleged that Amber L. Sanders, 35 of Geneseo had given Pritchard permission to drive the vehicle. It is further alleged that Sanders knew that Pritchard’s license was suspended. As a result, she was charged with second-degree facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Sanders will appear in court at a future date.