Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reviews the arrest of a Monroe County resident on DWI and felony AUO prices following a civilian criticism.
On September 14th, 2021 at roughly 10:55pm, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the world of Center Highway, within the City of
Caledonia, for the civilian report of a person that left an tackle and was believed to be working a motorized vehicle in an
intoxicated situation. The car was positioned by Sheriff’s Deputies a short while later and a visitors cease was performed on Phone Highway, within the City of York, for a violation of the NYS Car and Visitors Legislation.
The operator of the car was recognized as Rachel L. Morgan, age 39 from Webster, NY. Through the cease, the Deputy Sheriff
suspected that Morgan was inebriated. Deputy Justin Hilt, who’s assigned to the STOP DWI Unit, did reply to
conduct a DWI investigation which included the efficiency of standardized discipline sobriety exams. On the conclusion of the roadside
investigation, Morgan was taken into custody for DWI.
Morgan was then transported to the Sheriff’s Workplace Headquarters in Geneseo the place she was provided a breathalyzer to find out her
blood alcohol content material (BAC) nevertheless, Morgan refused to take the check. A information verify revealed that Morgan had a revoked driver’s license on account of earlier DWI associated offenses.
Morgan was arrested and charged with Driving Whereas Intoxicated and felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Car in
the first Diploma, as nicely extra Violations of the NYS Car & Visitors Legislation.
Morgan was turned over to Central Reserving Deputies on the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The
District Legal professional’s Workplace was contacted with regard to bail as a result of felony degree prices. It was really useful that Morgan be
launched on her personal recognizance as the fees don’t qualify for bail underneath the NYS Justice Reform Act.
Morgan was later arraigned on the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Half (LC-CAP) on the Livingston County Jail earlier than
City of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi. The Choose did launch Morgan on her personal recognizance, per the regulation, to return to court docket at a
later date and Deputies did set her free.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Workplace was current and represented Morgan on the court docket arraignment for her protection. The
Livingston County District Legal professional’s Workplace was notified however didn’t seem to symbolize the folks.
Helping with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Workplace was Deputy Bryan Mann and Deputy Michael Donals.
One other travesty of bail reform,” acknowledged Sheriff Dougherty. “Get accused of driving drunk, refuse to undergo a breath check, be
driving on an already revoked driver’s license as a result of a previous DWI and nonetheless stroll proper out of the arraignment free as could be as a result of the
domestically elected Justice has no capability to set bail per the regulation. We want widespread sense returned to our courts and that begins with judicial
discretion of domestically elected judges, not a one dimension suits all from New York Metropolis to Buffalo.”