GENESEO – An Allegany County man was charged with driving while intoxicated and a felony unlicensed operation charged following a report of a sick or intoxicated motorist traveling northbound on Interstate 390 in the town, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Michael Phillips was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP-DWI Unit on Oct. 6 when he responded to the complaint just after 7 p.m. He located the vehicle as it exited off Interstate 390 at exit 8 and conducted a traffic stop.
The driver was identified as Steven D. Young, 46, of Grove. The deputy suspected that Young was under the influence of alcohol. The deputy conducted a DWI investigation, which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Young was taken into custody for DWI, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Young was taken to the Sheriff’s Office in Geneseo where he was offered a Breathalyzer to determine his blood alcohol content. Young refused to take the chemical breathe test.
A records check revealed that Young had a revoked driver’s license as a result of previous DWI-related offenses.
Young was charged with DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony; operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver.
Young was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted during the investigation and recommended that Young be released on his own recognizance per bail reform. The offenses did qualify for arraignment under the state Justice Reform Act, though the judge cannot set bail but can apply license restrictions.
Young was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Justice Jeanine Love, who released Young on his own recognizance per the law. Further court proceedings are pending.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Young at his arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear at the arraignment.