COVINGTON — An alleged carload of pot-smoking teens has an 18-year-old male facing numerous charges.
The teen was stopped at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday for driving 76 mph in a 55 mph speed zone on Route 63, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said. He was found to have four other passengers ranging from 15 to 18 years old.
He was also found to be in possession of 32.38 grams of marijuana, deputies said. Further investigation allegedly determined the vehicle occupants had been smoking marijuana while traveling on the roadway.
The 18-year-old male failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody, deputies said. The vehicle was towed from the scene, and all four other vehicle occupants were released into the custody of their respective parents.
The teen — whose name is not being released due to possible youthful offender status — was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. He was evaluated by Deputy Amy Nowak, a NYS Certified Drug Recognition Expert, who determined the male was impaired by cannabis and unable to operate a vehicle safely.
The 18 year old male was charged with felony Leandra’s Law DWI, along with driving while ability impaired by drugs, fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, along with one count each of speeding, unauthorized stickers on a rear windshield, and unsafe turn without signaling.
The teen was released into the custody of a family member. He is to appear July 16 in Town Court.