Groveland motorcycle crash leads to felony DWI charge for Perry man
|Tyler J. Salamone|
A Wyoming County man, injured in a September motorcycle crash on East Groveland Road, is now facing a felony driving while intoxicated charge, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation began Sept. 11 when Sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel responded about 3 p.m. to East Groveland Road in the town of Groveland for the report of a motor vehicle crash involving a single motorcycle.
The on-scene investigation revealed that Tyler J. Salamone, 26, from Perry, was operating a motorcycle westbound on East Groveland Road when he lost control of the bike, causing him to crash into an open field, the Sheriff’s Office said. Salamone was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, for minor injuries resulting from the crash.
The investigating deputy suspected that Salamone was under the influence of alcohol and responded to the hospital to conduct a DWI investigation. Salamone did submit a blood sample to test for blood alcohol content and the sample was sent to a forensics lab for testing. The lab results later revealed that Salamone’s BAC’s 0.13%, the Sheriff’s Office said. A person is considered legally drunk in New York with a BAC of 0.08%.
A records check also revealed that Salamone did have a previous DWI-related conviction on Oct. 1, 2018, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputy Jason Page arrested Salamone on Oct. 20 ad charged him with felony DWI. Salamone was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The offense did qualify for arraignment as the justice can invoke driving restrictions, though the justice cannot set bail under that state Justice Reform Act.
Salamone was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of York Justice Thomas Porter, who released Salamone on his own recognizance, with a future date in Town of Groveland Court. The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Salamone at the arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office was notified, but did not appear at the arraignment. Assisting with the investigation on-scene for the Sheriff’s Office were Deputies Laszlo Babocsi and Michael Wade of the Patrol Division. The investigation was under the command of Sgt. Matthew Thomas.