Jacob L. Vales

CONESUS - A Lakeville man is facing driving while intoxicated and felony unlicensed driving charges following a traffic stop on Footes Corners Road, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Jacob L. Vales, 23, was stopped for an alleged violation of the state Vehicle and Traffic Law about 2 a.m. June 20 by Deputy Caleb Cutting and his K9 partner Kai.

The deputy suspected that Vales was under the influence of alcohol and requested Deputy Michael Donals, who is assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, to the scene to conduct a DWI investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The investigation included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the tests, Vales was taken into custody for DWI and transport to the Sheriff’s Office in Geneseo. There, Vales was offered a breathalyze to determine his blood alcohol content. Values refused to submit to the test, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Vales was charged with DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a Class E felony. The aggravated unlicensed operation charge was a felony as Vales’ license was suspending for a DWI-related offense, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Vales was then turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The offenses did qualify for arraignment as a judge can invoke driving restrictions, however the judge cannot set bail for the charges under the state’s Justice Reform Act.

Vales was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of York Justice Thomas Porter, who released Vales on his own recognizance. Vales will return to court at a later date.

Sgt. Matthew Moran assisted with the investigation.

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