LIVONIA – A Madison County man is facing driving while intoxicated and drug charges following an investigation into a one-vehicle crash on Federal Road, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to the area of Federal and Cleary roads in the town of Livonia about 6 p.m. Feb. 13 following the report of a motor vehicle crash.
The on-scene investigation revealed that a vehicle operated by Brett A. Herrick, 37, of Morrsville was traveling north on Federal Road when it left the roadway and struck an earth embankment. The vehicle then continued northbound a wheel rim for about a half mile before again leaving the roadway, becoming disabled in a resident’s yard, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigating deputies suspected Herrick was under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Michael Phillips, who is assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, responded to the scene to conduct a DWI investigation.
Following the DWI investigation, Herrick was taken into custody for DWI, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Herrick was also allegedly found to be in possession of 143 grams, or about 5 ounces, of suspected marijuana, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspected marijuana later tested positive for THC, the Sheriff’s Office said.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana and is what makes people feel high.
Herrick was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office in Geneseo where he was offered a breathalyzer to determine his blood alcohol content. Herrick refused the test, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A records check revealed that Herrick had a previous conviction for DWI within the past 10 years, which would make the latest charge a felony.
Herrick was charged with felony DWI, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor; and violations of state Vehicle and Traffic Law, including speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to keep right and refusing to submit to a breath test.
Herrick was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The offenses did qualify for arraignment as the judge can invoke driving restrictions, but cannot set bail under the state Justice Reform Act.
Herrick was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment at Livingston County Jail before Town of Geneseo Justice Kathleen Houston, who released Herrick on his own recognizance with a return court date in Livonia Town Court.
Assisting with the investigation were deputies Justin Hilt, Laszlo Babocsi and Gage Harrison, under the command of Sgt. Caleb Cutting.