Geneseo man charged with driving high

Allen R. Russell Jr.

AVON - Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies charged a Geneseo man with driving high, among other things, following a traffic stop in Avon earlier this month.

On Sept. 5 at around 4:30 p.m., Deputy Caleb Nellis stopped a vehicle on Lakeville Road in the town of Avon for a traffic violation.

Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as Allen R. Russell Jr., 41, and during a roadside investigation, came to suspect he was under the influence of drugs.

During the investigation, which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests, Russell was also found to be in possession of a quantity of suspected crack cocaine, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies then took Russell into custody for driving while ability impaired by drugs and transported him to a Sheriff’s Office substation in Lakeville where Geneseo Police Officer Travis Lana, a certified drug recognition expert, conducted an evaluation and concluded Russell was under the influence of a stimulant and couldn’t operate a motor vehicle safely.

A check of Russell’s record also revealed his driver’s license had been suspended four times, including once for a DWI conviction in March. He was therefore additionally charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree and is also facing a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance stemming from suspected cocaine. That latter charge is pending lab results.

After his arrest, Russell was transported to the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. He was arraigned before North Dansville Town Justice David Werth, who ordered Russell released on his own recognizance. Russell is due to appear in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Assisting in the investigation were deputies Justin Hilt, Mitchell McGee, Bradley Little and Laszlo Babocsi.

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