YORK – A New York City man is facing a felony weapons charge following a civilian traffic complete, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Deputy John Morgan responded about 1:15 p.m. Nov. 26 to the area of Genesee Street (Route 63) in the town of York for the report of a vehicle that was all over the road. Morgan located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop after observing alleged violations of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as Igor A. Lipsman, 53, of Brooklyn.
During the roadside investigation, Lipsman was founded to be in possession of an illegal weapon that is commonly referred to as a “billy club” and Suboxone, a controlled substance for which Lipsman did not have a prescription for, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A records check also revealed that Lipsman’s driving privileges in New York had been suspended a total of three times, with two scoffs on two separate dates. The records check also revealed that Lipsman did have a previous conviction of a crime in 2015, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Lipsman was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
Lipsman was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony-level charges and recommended that Lipsman be released on his own recognizance as the offenses did not qualify for bail under the state Justice Reform Act.
Lipsman was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Justice Jeanean Love, who released Lipsman on his own recognizance to return to court at a later date.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Lipsman at the arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office did not appear at the arraignment.
Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office were Deputies Justin Hilt, Matthew Cole and Laszlo Babocsi and the command of Sgt. Caleb Cutting.