YORK – A Webster woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated and felony aggravated unlicensed operation following a complaint of a possibly intoxicated driver, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to an area of Middle Road in Caledonia about 10:55 p.m. on Sept. 14 after receiving a report that an individual had left an address in the area and was believed to be operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition. The vehicle was located a short time later and a traffic stop was conducted on Telephone Road in the town of York for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as Rachel L. Morgan, 39. During the stop, the deputy sheriff suspected that Morgan 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 and conducted a DWI investigation, which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Morgan was taken into custody for DWI, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Morgan was transported to the Sheriff’s Office in Geneseo where she was offered a Breathalyzer to determine her blood alcohol content. She refused to take the test, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A records check revealed that Morgan had a revoked driver’s license as a result of previous DWI-related offenses, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Morgan was charged with DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony; and additional violations of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Morgan 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 charge. The office recommended that Morgan be released on her own recognizance as the charges do not qualify for bail under the state Justice Reform Act.
Morgan was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi, who released Morgan on her own recognizance. She will return to court at a later date.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Morgan at the arraignment. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified, but did not attend the arraignment.
Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office were Deputies Bryan Mann and Michael Donals.