Macedon Police chief charged with DWI

Macedon Police Chief Arrested

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MACEDON, N.Y. – The police chief in Macedon is charged with driving while intoxicated. He was charged after a crash near Gananda schools in Wayne County early Monday morning.

Chief Fabian Rivera was released from the sheriff’s office with tickets Monday afternoon. His arraignment will come later. Here are the charges:

  • DWI
  • Aggravated DWI
  • And driving with a blood alcohol level above .08%

The crash happened on Gananda Parkway, where it intersects Waterford Road. The Gananda school campus is right near there. Car debris was noticeable from the collision.

The police truck the chief was driving was towed to Macedon Auto and parked in the back. The clerk told News10NBC he couldn’t get access to it because it was part of an investigation.

Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean went to Macedon Police, but by early afternoon, News10NBC knew the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation.

The sheriff officially charged him as of 3:40 Monday afternoon. Last December, police were called to Flaherty’s restaurant in Macedon because Chief Rivera was so intoxicated he fell, hit his head and could barely communicate.

Two months later we received body-worn camera video of what happened. Chief Rivera wrote a statement saying he battles demons like many veterans and deals with mental health issues. At the time he acknowledged the police officers and deputies that, he said, he put in a difficult position.

Here is a statement from the Town of Macedon about the arrest:

“Macedon Police Chief, Fabian Rivera was involved in a property damage/accident in a Town Police vehicle this morning at the intersection of Waterford Road & Gananda Parkway and charged with a DWI. This is an ongoing investigation, and the Town of Macedon has no further comment at this time.”

There is no date yet for the chief’s arraignment. Typically they are two to four weeks from the time of arrest.