AVON – A Caledonia man is facing impaired driving charges following a traffic stop in the area of Lakeville Road, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Caleb Nellis was on patrol about 12:20 a.m. April 3 when he stopped a vehicle for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as Nicchia R. McFadden, 27, of Caledonia. During a roadside investigation, the deputy suspected McFadden was under the influence of drugs, which prompted a driving while ability impaired by drugs investigation with the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. The roadside investigation was completed by deputies Evan Wolfanger and Justin Hilt, who were both assigned to the Sheriff’s STOP-DWI unit.
At the conclusion of the investigation, McFadden was taken into custody for DWAI drugs and transported to the Sheriff’s Office substation in Lakeville where Sgt. James Merrick, a certified drug recognition expert, conducted a drug evaluation. Merrick concluded that McFadden was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and a CNS depressant and could not operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner, the Sheriff’s Office said.
McFadden was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs-combination, and with a violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.
A record check revealed McFadden had a prior driving while intoxicated conviction on June 29, 2017, which made the current arrest a felony.
McFadden was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and released on tickets returnable to Town of Avon Court at a later date. The offense did not qualify for arraignment or bail under the state Justice Reform Act.