Deputy Mayor pleaded not guilty to drunk driving charges

Updated: 04/10/2014 5:10 PM
Created: 04/10/2014 10:14 AM WHEC.com

Rochester Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon pleaded not guilty to drunk driving charges and surrendered his driver’s license in court Thursday morning.

State police say they pulled Redon over on Route 490 near South Clinton Avenue last month and charged him with DWI, speeding and having an expired inspection. After the arrest, News10NBC learned he gave his resignation to Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, but she did not accept it. Redon returned to work the following week.

Redon's attorney says his client's recent diabetes diagnosis should be taken in consideration. His attorney says people with diabetes produce a chemical that could throw off breathalyzer tests.

We tried to speak with Redon after his court appearance but his lawyer instructed him not to speak with the media.

We asked Redon’s attorney, Ed Fiandach, what happens next. Fiandach said, “It's been scheduled for argument of motions and that's where it will be taken from there”

The judge encouraged both sides to discuss a plea deal in this case.

Redon is scheduled to be back in court on May 5.

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