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Felony DWI and AUO, times two, over a period of four days

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Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Monroe County resident on DWI and AUO charges resulting from two separate incidents within four days.

December 17the, 2021 at approximately 8:35 p.m., Congressman Laszlo Babocsi was patrolling the Telephone Road area in the town of Caledonia when he conducted a traffic stop for a violation of the NYS vehicle and traffic law.

The operator of the vehicle has been identified as Lea H. Fletcher, 40, of Henrietta, NY. During the arrest, the Deputy Sheriff suspected Fletcher was under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Mitchell McGee was also on the scene to assist in stopping traffic and conducted an investigation for DWI that included performing standardized field sobriety tests. At the end of the roadside investigation, Fletcher was arrested for DWI.

Fletcher was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office substation in Lakeville, where she was offered a breathalyzer test to determine her blood alcohol level (BAC). Deputy Michael Phillips administered the test which revealed Fletcher had a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.21%.

A records check revealed that Fletcher had already been convicted of DWI on July 21.st, 2016. The check also found that Fletcher’s driving privileges at NYS had been suspended due to prior DWI offenses.

Fletcher was arrested and charged with impaired driving and aggravated unlicensed driving of a motor vehicle in the 1st Diploma, plus additional violations of NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Fletcher was transported and turned over to Central Booking Deputes at Livingston County Jail for treatment and pre-charge detention. The district attorney’s office has been contacted regarding bail on the felony charges. It was recommended that Fletcher be released on her own recognizance, as the charges could not be released on bail under the NYS Justice Reform Act.

Fletcher was then arraigned at the Livingston County Central Arrest Party (LC-CAP) at Livingston County Jail before Caledonia City Judge Kyle Mackay. The judge released Fletcher on her own recognizance, as required by law, with a return date to Caledonia Town court, and MPs released her.

The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Fletcher at the court appearance in his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office has been notified but does not appear to represent the public.

Monday, December 21st At around 6:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the Big Tree Road area in the town of Livonia for the civil complaint about a vehicle allegedly being all over the road before pulling into a commercial parking lot. Deputy Justin Hilt, who was assigned to the Sheriff’s STOP DWI unit, arrived and located the vehicle. The driver was again identified as Lea H. Fletcher, suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Hilt led another DWI investigation that included performing standardized field sobriety tests. At the end of the investigation, Fletcher was taken into DWI custody.

Fletcher was then transported to the sheriff’s office headquarters in Geneseo where she was offered a breathalyzer test to determine her blood alcohol level (BAC). However, Fletcher refused to take the test.

Another file check confirmed that Fletcher had previously been convicted of DWI on July 21, 2016 and that Fletcher’s driving privileges in NYS were still suspended due to prior DWI offenses.

Fletcher was again arrested and charged with impaired driving and aggravated 1st degree motor vehicle driving, as well as other violations of NYS vehicle and traffic law.

Fletcher was turned over to the Livingston County Jail Reservation Central assistants for treatment and pre-charge detention. The district attorney’s office has been contacted again regarding bail on the felony charges. It was recommended that Fletcher be released on her own recognizance, as the charges could not be released on bail under the NYS Justice Reform Act.

Fletcher was then brought to justice in the Livingston County Central Arrest Portion (LC-CAP) at Livingston County Jail before Geneseo Village Judge Thomas Bushnell. The judge released Fletcher on her own recognizance, as required by law, with a return hearing date at Livonia City Court and MPs released her again.

The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Fletcher at the court appearance in his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office has been notified but does not appear to represent the public.

“What parody bail reform is for the general safety of the public,” Sheriff Dougherty said. “It is only in New York State that accused criminals are shielded from liability and law-abiding citizens are made vulnerable by not allowing an elected judge to consider public safety and by having discretion to proceed with pre-trial detention, if applicable. “