A Monroe County man is facing felony charges after a traffic stop in which he was found to have more than 50 driver’s license suspensions or revocations, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Darwin F. Barnes, 55, of Rochester, was stopped Jan. 1 on Interstate 390 by Deputy Mitchell McGee for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law. McGee was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate Initiative.
A records check revealed that Barnes was operating the vehicle with his driver’s license revoked. Barnes was found to have a total of 51 suspensions or revocations, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Barnes was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony.
The charge was a felony because Barnes had more than 10 license suspensions on 10 separate dates for failure to appear, failure to answer a summons or failure to pay a fine, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Barnes was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act due to Barnes being on probation out of Monroe County.
The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charge and requested that Barnes be held on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.
Barnes was arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth, who remanded Barnes to the custody of the Sheriff on $2,000 cash bail or $5,000 bond.
Barnes appeared Jan. 5 in Livingston County Court before Livingston County Court Judge Kevin Van Allen, who did release Barnes on his own recognizance with a future court date.
Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office were Investigator Shawn Whitford, Sergeant Caleb Cutting with K9 Kai, and Deputy Michael Phillips.