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. 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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