People v WilliamsAnnotate this Case
Decided on December 23, 2015 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., SMITH, VALENTINO, WHALEN, AND DEJOSEPH, JJ.
1322 KA 14-00476
[*1]THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
JEFFREY WILLIAMS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
JASON J. BOWMAN, ONTARIO, FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
RICHARD M. HEALY, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, LYONS (BRUCE A. ROSEKRANS OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.
Appeal from a judgment of the Wayne County Court (John B. Nesbitt, J.), rendered February 13, 2014. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.
It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.
Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him, upon his plea of guilty, of driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor (Vehicle and Traffic Law §§ 1192 ; 1193  [b] [i]). We reject defendant's contention that County Court erred in refusing to suppress his statements to the arresting officer. The officer's initial questioning of defendant was investigatory in nature (see People v Tieman, 132 AD3d 703, 703-704; People v Allen, 15 AD3d 933, 934, lv denied 4 NY3d 883), and "he was not, as a matter of law, in custody at this time for purposes of the need to give Miranda warnings" (People v Bennett, 70 NY2d 891, 894; see People v Fong, 233 AD2d 115, 115-116, lv denied 89 NY2d 942).
Entered: December 23, 2015
Frances E. Cafarell
Clerk of the Court