Jodie Romeiser, 55, was sentenced to the maximum after being found guilty of a misdemeanor reckless assault charge in connection with a crash that happened when she had tramadol in her blood
CANANDAIGUA — A Naples woman who was involved in an auto crash with a prescription drug in her system was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail plus three years of post-release supervision by Ontario County Court Judge Frederick Reed.
Jodie Romeiser, 55, in October was found not guilty on two counts of vehicular assault and driving while ability impaired by drugs. She was found guilty of two counts of third-degree reckless assault, a class A misdemeanor.
"I’d ask for more jail time if I could but I can’t," said Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Nathan Thomas, who requested the maximum sentence of 60 days in jail and three years of post-release supervision. ”She’s proven she doesn’t care.”
During the trial, testimony revealed that on Sept. 15, 2016, Romeiser had left a doctor's appointment while taking the prescription drug tramadol, and ran a stop sign at the intersection of Nott and Middle Cheshire roads in Canandaigua, causing a crash that seriously injured the driver and passenger of the other vehicle. According to lab tests, her blood levels were within the legal limits.
“I don’t believe incarceration is needed or warranted,” said Delton Caraway, Ontario County assistant public defender. “She’s done everything probation has asked of her in the nearly two and half years since this began.”
During sentencing, the judge sided with Thomas.
“There’s penance for a reason; it seems like the medications were over prescribed,” said Reed. “This time will pass, work towards a favorable discharge with probation.”