Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph Paul A. Detrick

MOUNT MORRIS – A Mount Morris man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after a sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle Jan. 13 in the ditch on Route 36 and stopped to see if the motorist needed assistance, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Connor Boor was on patrol about 8 p.m. when he stopped to assist. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Paul A. Detrick, 31, of Mount Morris. The deputy suspected that Detrick was under the influence of alcohol, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputy Justin Hilt, who is assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, responded to the scene to conduct a DWI investigation, which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Detrick was taken into custody for DWI.

Detrick was taken to the Sheriff’s Office in Geneseo where Corp. Adam Swanson of the Jail Division administered a breathalyzer test. The test revealed that Detrick had a blood alcohol content of .17 percent, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A person is considered legally drunk in New York with a BAC of .08 percent or more.

A records check revealed that Detrick had a previous DWI-related conviction in November 2014. He was arrested and charged with felony DWI. The DWI charge was a felony due to the previous conviction.

Detrick was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and released on appearance tickets as the offense did not qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act.

Detrick was released to a responsible third party and provided a future court date in Town of Mount Morris Court.

Deputy Jerry Pilkenton of the Forensic Identification Unit also assisted on scene with the investigation.

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