Two arrested, one ticketed after traffic stop

GENESEE FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Deputies arrested a drunk driver and a passenger in the vehicle, and also ticketed the car’s owner, following a traffic stop in Wyoming County.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office pulled Leon Nendza of Fillmore over shortly after midnight on Saturday on Rt. 19A in the Town of Genesee Falls for failing to keep right. Deputies say the 58-year-old man was drunk, had no license, and the vehicle he was driving was unregistered, uninsured, uninspected, and had switched plates.

Nendza was placed under arrested for aggravated DWI for having a .23 percent BAC, as well as unlicensed operation unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle, uninspected vehicle, switched plates, and failure to keep right.

While he was being taken into custody, deputies say his passenger, Donald Heckathorn of Java, tried to interfere. Deputies moved to take the 50-year-old man into custody, and say he tried to resist being arrested. Heckathorn is being charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Authorities say they discovered the owner of the vehicle, Michael Davis of Pike, had allowed Nendza to drive it knowing that Nendza does not have a license. The 55-year-old man was ticketed for permitting unlicensed operation.

All three men were released on their own recognizance and are due back in court at a later date. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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