BEMUS POINT — A Findley Lake man was arrested Saturday and charged with driving while intoxicated and several felonies after he was stopped by state police in southwestern Chautauqua County for driving 94 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone on the Southern Tier Expressway.
James J. Spitale, 36, also was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and felony aggravated DWI under the state’s Leandra’s Law for allegedly driving drunk while having a child under the age of 16 in the car. Spitale also faces charges of 1st degree felony criminal contempt; felony DWI with a prior conviction, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, and speeding.
Police said Spitale failed a field sobriety test after he was stopped at about 6:33 p.m. They said he also was found in the company of a woman who has an active order of protection from Jamestown City Court against Spitale. In 2010, Spitale was convicted of 2nd degree criminal contempt, which led to the charge being upgraded to a felony. He also has been convicted of misdemeanor DWI in the past 10 years, which led to the other felony DWI charge against him.
Spitale was arraigned in Ellery Town Court and held Saturday at the Chautauqua County Jail pending $2,500 bail.