SPRINGWATER — A Springwater man is facing felony DWI charges after an investigation by the Sheriff's Office, Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said Thursday.


On Dec. 23, Deputies arrested and charged 64-year-old William J. Schnurr III with felony DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating a motor vehicle while drinking alcohol, and refusal to take a breath test.


It is alleged that on Dec. 23, Schnurr III was operating a motor vehicle that was involved in a property damage crash located on Carney Hollow Road in Springwater. Schnurr III allegedly left the scene but was ultimately located a short time later where he admitted to being the operator of the motor vehicle at the time of the crash.


The Sheriff’s Office said deputies also discovered Schnurr III to be intoxicated and deputies ultimately placed Schnurr III in custody for DWI. A check of Schnurr's criminal history showed that he had been previous convicted of DWI within the past 10 years making this DWI arrest a felony.


Schnurr III was 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 level charges. It was recommended that Schnurr III be held on $2,000 cash bail or $5,000 bond.


Schnurr III was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Mount Morris Justice David Provo. The Judge released Schnurr II on his own recognizance.


The investigation was handled by Deputy Phillips, Deputy Ricks, and Deputy Donals who are all members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division.


"This ROR of the defendant on Dec. 23rd is due to the new bail reform law, not the Judge," stated Sheriff Dougherty. "Effective Jan. 1, felony DWI is not a qualifying offense for the defendant to be held on bail and instead must be released. The Judge was just following the law that was soon to be enacted as it is retroactive."