NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Eric L. Laughton
New York State Police made arrests for DWI and drugs this weekend
New York State Police responded to a property damage accident on Saturday July 25th, on State Route 21 in the Town of Wayland. Police located the driver of the vehicle, Michael Coykendall, age 31 of Cohocton, standing near his vehicle. Coykendall told police he had fallen asleep while driving and went off the road and hit a mailbox. Coykendall smelled of an alcoholic beverage and told police he had several beers at a friend’s house in Springwater. At the station Coykendall’ s BAC level was found to be .18%, well over the legal limit of .08%. He was issued an appearance ticket to return to the Town of Wayland court and released to a sober third party.
On Saturday July 25th, New York State Police were on routine patrol in the Town of Bath, police observed a vehicle at the intersection of Spaulding Drive and State Route 415 with a driver who appeared to be asleep at the wheel. Police interviewed the driver, Matthew Scotchmer, age 37 of Dundee, who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Scotchmer told police he had consumed an illegal substance the night before and told police they could look in his car. Police located a quantity of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. He was issued tickets to return to the Town of Bath court at a later date.
Steuben County 911 dispatched the New York State police to State Route 414 in the Town of Corning on Sunday July 26th in afternoon for the report of a truck in a ditch. Police located the truck in the ditch on the wrong side of road and spoke with the driver, Dominick Rolston, age 21 of Watkins Glen. Rolston told police he had been at a friend’s party and was driving home when he went off the road. Rolston smelled of an alcoholic beverage and told police that he had consumed some beer at the party. Rolston was unable to completed standard roadside sobriety tests and taken to the Painted Post station for an arrest of DWI. Police found his BAC level to be .19%, more than twice the legal limit. Rolston’s vehicle was towed from the accident scene and he was issued an appearance ticket to return to the Town of Corning Court later. He was released to a sober third party.
In Chemung county in the Town of Beavers Dam, New York State Police responded to a call for a car/pedestrian accident on Sunday July 26th, at approximately 8:30 pm. The victim stated that she was nearly struck by suspect Neil Scriven, age 62 of Beavers Dam. Police located Scriven at his residence and he told police he had been at the Dandy Mini-Mart to get cigarettes and told police he knew he should not be driving. Scriven was arrested for Driving without an interlock device and issued several other tickets. He is to return to the Town of Catlin Court at a later date.
In the late-night hours of Sunday July 26th, New York State Police were dispatched by Steuben County 911 for a report of shots being fired from a vehicle on Knowles Road in the Town of Thurston. Police located the vehicle and spoke with Edgar Munk, age 48 of Corning, who told police he had been drinking that day while he was fishing. Munk was unable to complete roadside sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI. At the Painted Post station, Knowles was found to have a BAC of .22%. Munk was issued tickets to return to the Town of Thurston court at a later date.