GENESEO – A Geneseo man is facing a felony driving while intoxicated charged following a traffic stop on Lakeville Road in the town.
Deputy Michael Donals was on patrol about 11:35 p.m. Dec. 30 when he stopped a vehicle for an alleged vehicle traffic law violation.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as Daniel F. Hoefling, 34. The deputy suspected that Hoefling was under the influence of alcohol and conducted a DWI investigation, which included the performance of standardized field sobreity tests. At the conclusion of the investigation, Hoefling was taken into custody for DWI.
A records check revealed that Hoefling had a previous DWI-related conviction in May 2018, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Hoefling was arrested and charged with felony DWI. The charge was a felony due to the previous conviction.
Hoefling was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he refused to submit to a chemical breathe test, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Hoefling 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. The judge cannot set bail under the state Justice Reform Act.
Hoefling was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of West Sparta Justice Sue Mahaney, who released Hoefling on his own recognizance.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Hoefling at his arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office did not appear at the arraignment.