No jail time for Niagara County magistrate convicted of DWAI

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Derby man who works as a support magistrate in Niagara County had his license suspended for a DWAI crash in April.

On Monday, a judge convicted Timothy Cooper, 59, for driving while ability impaired and unsafe lane change. The judge also sentenced Cooper to a one-year conditional discharge, suspended his driver’s license for 90 days, and recommended him to a drinking driver program.

According to the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, the conviction does not automatically disqualify Cooper from the magistrate position.

Cooper, who is also a Town of Evans Judge, was involved in a head-on crash on the Robert Moses Parkway in Lewiston in April. A 74-year-old man in the other car was hospitalized.

The case was heard in North Tonawanda after Town of Lewiston judges recused themselves.

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