Sheriff: Man had BAC of .16%, previous DWI-related conviction

CONESUS — A Conesus resident is facing felony DWI charges after allegedly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash, Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said Wednesday.

On Feb. 8, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a convenient store in the Town of Conesus for the report of a motor vehicle crash. The responding Deputies found that a vehicle had been struck in the parking lot and that the suspect vehicle had left the scene of the incident, however, a license plate number of the suspect vehicle was provided.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the address of the suspect vehicle and found the vehicle and operator there. The operator of the suspect vehicle was identified as Robert J. Edwards, 61. The investigating Deputies suspected that Edwards was under the influence of alcohol.

Deputy Michael Donals, who is assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, conducted a DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the investigation, Edwards was taken into custody for DWI. Edwards was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Heather Benjamin of the Sheriff’s Office Jail Division administered a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer test revealed that Edwards had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .16%.

Edwards was arrested and charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated and violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law including Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Motor Vehicle Accident. The DWI charge was a felony as Edwards had a previous DWI related conviction in May of 2010.

Edwards was then turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The DWI offense was a qualifying offense under the NYS Justice Reform for pre-arraignment detention as the arraigning judge can order driving restrictions; however, the judge may not set bail.

Edwards was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Geneseo Justice Kathleen Houston. The Judge did release Edwards on his own recognizance per the new bail reform law and Deputies set him free.

Deputy Devin Ricks and Deputy Lazlo Babocsi assisted with the investigation.