NORTH TONAWANDA – Timothy J. Cooper, an Evans town justice who also works as a support magistrate in Niagara County Family Court, was convicted of a reduced charge of driving while impaired in a nonjury trial this week before City Judge William R. Lewis.
Cooper, 59, of Derby, was charged with driving while intoxicated after an April 23 crash on the Robert Moses Parkway in Lewiston, near the Niagara Power Project. The other driver, a 74-year-old man, suffered a minor injury.
Lewis, who was assigned the case after both Lewiston town justices recused themselves, reduced the DWI charge and also found Cooper guilty of a lane violation. Court officials said Cooper was assessed fines and surcharges totaling $615, his license was revoked for 90 days, and a one-year conditional discharge was imposed.
Cooper’s Family Court salary is $137,498 and his town salary is $22,593. He does not automatically lose his jobs because of the conviction.