Duo allegedly lied to deputies

David J. Vega

Two Genesee County residents are facing several charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 390 in which they allegedly provided a sheriff’s investigator with false names, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigator Shawn Whitford was assigned to the Police Traffic Services Grant Program when he stopped a vehicle about 9:30 p.m. July 7 on Route 390 for an alleged traffic infraction.

The operator of the vehicle identified himself as Anthony Vega, however, he did not have any form of identification to confirm that this was his true identity. Through the course of the investigation, Whitford suspected that Vega had provided a false name and that he was also under the influence of drugs, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputy Michael Phillips of the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit was requested to the scene and a driving while intoxicated investigation was conducted. Vega did submit to a set of standardized field sobriety tests, which he did not perform as instructed, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Vega complained of a medical issue and an ambulance responded to evaluate him. Vega was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

Phillips followed the ambulance to the hospital where Vega was asked to submit to a blood draw to test his blood alcohol content and to determine what drugs he may be under the influence on. Vega refused the tests, the Sheriff’s Office said.

At the conclusion of Vega’s medical treatment he was placed under arrest and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Vega was brought to Livingston County Jail where his true identity was determined to be David J. Vega of Batavia. A check of his driving record showed that his license had been suspended 31 times on 21 dates.

Vega was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and second-degree criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor. He was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act.

The charges qualified for arraignment as the judge can impose driving restrictions. The judge cannot set bail.

Vega was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Village of Geneseo Justice Kathleen Houston, who released Vega on his own recognizance.

A passenger in the vehicle, who originally identified herself as Ashley McWilliams, later admitted that her real name was Jennifer Hogan of Batavia. She was found to have an active warrant for second-degree robbery.

Hogan was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation by Deputy Chad Eaton and taken to Livingston County Jail for arrest processing. Hogan was issued an appearance ticket as the charge was not eligible for bail under the state’s Justice Reform Act.

Hogan was transported to Pavilion where she was turned over to the City of Batavia Police Department on its robbery warrant.

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