A North Carolina man was charged with impaired driving and drug possession following a traffic stop on Interstate 390, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Michael Phillips, a member of the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, responded Jan. 14 to a civilian traffic complaint reporting a grey Ford Escape that was all over the road while traveling northbound on Interstate 390. The deputy located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop after observing an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The deputy suspected that the operator of the vehicle, identified as Nicholas P. Dudkiewicz, 27, of Holly Springs, N.C., was under the influence of drugs and initiated a driving while ability impaired by drugs investigation, including the performance of standardized field sobriety tests.
During the investigation, Dudkiewicz was also found to be in possession of several different suspected controlled substances including acid, anabolic steroids and suboxone, as well as numerous hypodermic needles, the Sheriff’s Office said.
At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Dudkiewicz was taken into custody for DWAI-Drugs and transported to the Sheriff’s Office substation in Lakeville where Sgt. James Merrick, a certified drug recognition expert, conducted a drug evaluation. It was Merrick’s opinion that Dudkiewicz was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant and that he could not operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Dudkiewicz was charged with DWAI-drugs, three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.
Dudkiewicz was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and released on appearance tickets for Town of Avon Court. The offense did not qualify for arraignment under the state Justice Reform Act.
Deputy Mitchell McGee assisted with the investigation.