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.