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Lewiston Town Supervisor punished for downgrading DWI charge

Posted at 7:52 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 19:52:52-04

A Niagara County Deputy with more than 25 years of experience is facing disciplinary action following his decision to reduce a DWI charge following a traffic stop in Lockport.

Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti says it was November 24, 2016 that Rachel Winter, daughter of former Assistant District Attorney Ronald Winter was pulled over for driving without headlights and moving over the center line.

After declining a breathalyzer Winter was arrested and taken into custody, that is when Lt. Steve Broderick made the decision to reduce Winter's charge of DWI to reckless driving, explain he "knew Ron Winter."

Nearly four months later the situation resurfaced and Undersheriff Filicetti says after an internal investigation Broderick, who is also the Lewiston Town Supervisor, received disciplinary action he could not disclose. 

"He's employed at the Sheriff's Office still and we took administrative action."

7 Eyewitness News did reach out to Broderick at the Lewiston Town Hall, but was told he was on vacation.