BEMUS POINT - A Findley Lake man clocked going more than 90 mph on the Southern Tier Expressway was handed multiple felony charges Saturday.
James J. Spitale, 36, was allegedly found to be driving while intoxicated with a child passenger less than 16 years old in the vehicle when he was stopped at 6:30 p.m. by State Police at Jamestown. According to police, Spitale was driving 94 mph in a 65 mph zone when the traffic stop occurred on Interstate 86 in Bemus Point.
A standardized field sobriety test was administered, which police said Spitale failed.
Spitale was taken into custody and charged with speeding, felony aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, felony aggravated unlicensed operation and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
A previous misdemeanor driving while intoxicated conviction within the last 10 years upgraded the charge to a felony, police said.
The Findley Lake resident also is facing a felony first-degree criminal contempt charge due to a female passenger in the vehicle who had a valid order of protection against him issued by Jamestown City Court. A previous criminal contempt conviction in 2010 upgraded Saturday's charge to a felony, police said.
Spitale was arraigned in Ellery Town Court and committed to Chautauqua County Jail pending $2,500 bail.