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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Olean couple arrested after vehicle crash in Livingston County


GROVELAND: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrests of Stephen H. Cassidy, 40, from Olean, NY and Christy L. Hurley, 36 of Olean, NY, on numerous charges that stemmed from a motor vehicle crash on Groveland Road in the Town of Groveland.
On July 26th at approximately 5:23 p.m. the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) received a call advising of a car into a pole on Groveland Road near Hunts Corners.

Deputies arrived on scene and found both a male and female already out of the vehicle.  It is alleged the female, Christy Hurley, advised Deputies that she had been the one driving the vehicle initially but later changed her statement.
Following an investigation at the scene it was determined that Stephen H. Cassidy was allegedly the one driving and was traveling south on Groveland Road and failed to negotiate a curve in the road, crossed over into the northbound lane, then came to a rest in a ditch after striking a utility pole.
After checking the validity of Cassidy's New York State Driver's License it was learned that he was suspended 15 times. Further, through the investigation, it was learned that Cassidy allegedly threw a Hypodermic Instrument into the bushes at the scene, which was recovered by Deputies.  
Deputy Connor Sanford took Cassidy into custody on charges of Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Fail to Keep Right and Operating without Insurance.   Later, Cassidy was also charged with the felony of Tampering with Physical Evidence for removing and concealing evidence from the vehicle in the form of the hypodermic instrument that he threw in the bushes. 
Deputy Sanford transported Cassidy to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.   It is also alleged as Cassidy was being processed at the jail an orange object was observed sticking out of his rectum.  As jail Deputies attempted to remove it, Cassidy did push the object further in preventing Deputies from removing it and he refused to produce it.  Cassidy eventually complied and the object was recovered.  The object was another hypodermic Instrument. 
Cassidy was additionally charged with the felony of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree. Cassidy is also on NYS Parole and may face further local charges and parole charges.
Cassidy was arraigned in Geneseo Court before Town Justice Kathleen Houston on the Prison Contraband charge.  The Judge held Cassidy without the possibility of bail due to prior felony convictions.   Cassidy was arraigned in Groveland Town Court for the charge of Tampering with Physical Evidence before Town Justice Love.   The Judge also held Cassidy without the possibility of bail due to prior convictions.   Cassidy is being held in the Livingston County Jail on all charges. 
Hurley was charged with obstructing governmental administration for making false statements regarding the crash investigation on scene to investigating Deputies.   Hurley was processed at Central Booking and is awaiting arraignment. 
Assisting Deputy Sanford in the investigation on scene was Deputy Scott Patterson, Sergeant James Merrick, Sergeant Joseph Breu, and Investigator Joshua Monster.   Assisting in the investigation at the jail was Corporal Matt Polizzi and Deputy Laszlo Babosci both of the Sheriff’s Office Jail Division.