MAYVILLE – The North Collins fire chief was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after he allegedly backed into another vehicle in the parking lot of the Lakeview Hotel in Mayville early Sunday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Michael F. Mooney, 58, who had two prior DWI convictions and had a revoked license, was located a short time after the accident at the hotel lot. Deputies found him parked on Route 394, sitting behind the wheel. Authorities found him to be intoxicated and arrested him.
Mooney’s vehicle was supposed to be equipped with an ignition lock device but wasn’t, officials said. He refused to submit to chemical tests.
Mooney was charged with felony DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, operating a vehicle without ignition interlock, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and parking on a highway.
He was arraigned in the Town of Stockton Court. He spent one day in the Chautauqua County Jail before posting $10,000 cash bond on Monday.
North Collins Mayor Vincent George said village officials were in “total shock” about the incident. George said they did not know about Mooney’s prior convictions or the fact that his license had been revoked.
Mooney technically remains chief of the volunteer fire department, George said, but assistant chiefs have been filling in for him.
Mooney operated his own private vehicle for fire-related work, George said, and was not believed to have operated fire trucks for the department.