Buffalo Police Officer Found Guilty Of Lesser DWI Charge

Modified: April 7, 2016 2:35pm

4/6/2016

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr. announces that 49-year-old Buffalo Police Officer Dave Rodriguez has been found guilty of Driving While Ability Impaired after a non-jury trial before Buffalo City Court Judge Craig D. Hannah. 

Rodriguez was off-duty when he was involved in a car crash at Allen St. and Main St. in the City of Buffalo on March 4, 2016 at about 9 p.m.   

A car driven by Jimmy Lewis, Jr. was stopped on Allen waiting for the light to turn green when it was struck by Rodriguez’s car, causing minor damage.  

Rodriguez was charged with DWI. 

Rodriguez, a 23-year veteran of the force who is assigned to the accident investigation unit refused all sobriety tests. He is currently suspended with pay while the case is investigated by Internal Affairs. 

Rodriguez was sentenced to a conditional discharge, requiring him to live a law abiding life for 1 year.  His driver’s license was also suspended for 90 days.

Assistant District Attorney Robin Deubler prosecuted the case.