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Tompkins County Sheriff's Office
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779 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Derek R. Osborne, Sheriff 
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DWI Drug Arrest

On March 5th, 2018 at around 8:05 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing on a report a persons believed to be under the influence of drugs.  Prior to deputies’ arrival, the caller reported that the vehicle had left and gave a direction of travel.  Deputies intercepted the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on NYS Route 13 near N. Triphammer Road.

Deputies spoke with the driver, Donald L. Morse, age 22 from Van Ettan, NY and the passenger, Aleshia A. Nehrbass, age 21 of Van Ettan, NY.  Deputies investigated the complaint that was received from the caller and concluded by arresting both Morse and Nehrbass.

Morse was charged with Aggravated DWI with a Child in the Vehicle (Class E Felony), Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree (Unclassified Misdemeanor), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Class A Misdemeanor), Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument (Class A Misdemeanor), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Class A Misdemeanor).

Nehrbass was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Class A Misdemeanor) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Class A Misdemeanor).

Both Nehrbass and Morse were arraigned in the Town of Lansing Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail ordering their appearance at a later date.