Woman With .33 BAC While Driving Arrested, Charged With Felony DWI

By Staff Writer | Jan 29, 2016 01:34 AM EST

A Livingston County woman has been indicted with felony drunk driving charges after driving with a blood-alcohol level of .33. This blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is four times more than the legal limit in the area.

In a report by Time Warner Cable News, the woman has been identified as 56-year-old Joan Menz who was in the town of Liviona approximately 3PM on Wednesday. The sheriff's office said in a statement that a deputy, Sergeant Joseph Breu of the Road Patrol Division, who was making a routine community policing visit, was at a local business when Menz drove up and parked on the sidewalk.

The deputy had a conversation with Menz before the arrest happened. After initial contact with the woman, Breu suspected that alcohol may be a factor and a driving while intoxicated investigation was conducted. 

According to WHEC Rochester, Menz went to a local business for auto repair work. She was then taken to the Sheriff's Office for processing and it turned out that her BAC was four times more than the legal limit, which is .08. There were, however, no people injured when Menz parked her car in the sidewalk. 

Genesee Sun also reported that a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty was sent out and the official charges against Menz are Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a B.A.C. of .18 or higher and Felony Driving While Intoxicated and Parking On A Sidewalk.

Menz reportedly had a prior conviction for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated from 2010. This record has resulted for the latest arrest to be a felony. Menz is with the Jail Division for further processing but it is unclear if she is still being held with a bond.

It remains unknown when her first court appearance will be. There is also no attorney listed as per jail records.

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