Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph Dane R. Harrington

AVON – A Hemlock man is facing driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation charges following a traffic stop on East Avon-Lima Road, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Michael Donals, while assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, conducted a traffic stop about 7:10 p.m. on Feb. 22 after observing an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Dane R. Harrington, 27, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy suspected that Harrington was under the influence of alcohol and conducted a DWI investigation, which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Harrington was taken into custody for DWI.

Harrington was transported to the Sheriff’s Office substation in Lakeville, where he was offered a breathalyzer to determine his blood alcohol content. Deputy Gordon Truax did administer the test, which revealed that Harrington had a blood alcohol content of 0.14%, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A person is considered legally drunk in New York State with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more.

A records check also revealed that Harrington had a revoked driver’s license, including suspensions for previous DWI-related offenses, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Harrington was arrested and charged with DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony.

Harrington was transported and 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 further driving restrictions. The judge cannot set bail under the state Justice Reform Act.

Harrington was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Justice Jenean Love, who released Harrington on his own recognizance. Harrington is due to answer the charges in Avon Town Court at a later date.

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