Sheriff’s deputy arraigned on DWI charges for crashing agency vehicle while off-duty

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 45-year-old Aaron M. Naegely of Orchard Park was arraigned last night before Aurora Town Justice Anthony DiFillipo, IV on one count of Driving While Intoxicated, First Offense, and one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle with .08 of 1% Alcohol or More in the Blood, First Offense. Both charges are Class “A” misdemeanors.

It is alleged that on Friday, October 2, 2020, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the defendant was driving an Erie County Sheriff’s Office vehicle when he was involved a single-vehicle crash on Jewett Holmwood Road in the Town of Aurora. The defendant, a deputy who was off-duty at the time of the incident, was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

Judge DiFillipo, at the request of the prosecutor, suspended the defendant’s driver’s license. The court granted the defendant a hardship driver’s license, which allows the defendant to drive to work and medical appointments only.

Naegely was remains released on his own recognizance. A return court date has not been scheduled at this time because of court restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If convicted on all charges, Naegely faces up to one year in jail.

DA Flynn commends the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the East Aurora Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Chief Paul J. Glascott of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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