Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph David C. Hopkins

MOUNT MORRIS – A Mount Morris man is facing felony driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation charges following on a traffic stop on state Route 408, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Dylan Bowser was on patrol in the area of Mount Morris-Nunda Road, which also state Route 408, on March 29 when he stopped a vehicle for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as David C. Hopkins, 66, from Mount Morris. During the stop, the deputy suspected that Hopkins was under the influence of alcohol. The deputy conducted a DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Hopkins was taken into custody for DWI, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A records check revealed that Hopkins had a revoked driver’s license as a result of previous DWI-related offense and he had a previous DWI conviction in the past 10 years.

Hopkins was then transported to Central Booking at Livingston County Jail where he was offered a breathalyzer to determine his blood alcohol content. Deputy Heather Benjamin of the Jail Division did administer the breath test which revealed that Hopkins had a blood alcohol content of .18%.

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

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

Hopkins was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The offenses did qualify for arraignment under the state Justice Reform Act. The justice cannot set bail but can apply license restrictions.

Hopkins was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Kyle Mackay, who released Hopkins on his own recognizance per the law.

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