On May 23, it was reported that a Virginia man who pleaded guilty to six drug-related felonies was sentenced to 39 years in prison with 33 years and seven months suspended. The Ringgold man, age 42, was taken into custody and charged following a narcotics investigation and a search of his home.
Under Virginia law, reckless driving may be considered either a misdemeanor or felony offense. In most cases, it will stay on a driver's DMV record for 11 years. The one exception is a reckless driving offense involving a person going 20 miles per hour or more above a posted speed limit, which stays on a person's DMV record for five years.
Virginia residents may have heard that the daughter of actor David Hasselhoff was taken into custody for drunk driving on May 13. According to authorities, she was driving on Highway 101 when her car came to a full stop at the Fallbrook off-ramp at about 4 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, she was passed out behind the wheel with her foot on the brake.
A 55-year-old Virginia elementary school teacher has been placed on administrative leave and faces a raft of charges including drunk driving, resisting arrest and four counts of assault due to an incident in Kingsport on the afternoon of April 28. Reports indicate that the woman turned herself in after being released from a local hospital. Police say that she was sedated and hospitalized after being taken into custody.
Two women were arrested following a drug raid in Bristol on May 1. According to police, a search warrant was obtained for a residence located on the 400 block of Lee Street. At approximately 9:30 p.m., police officers set off flash bangs to create a distraction while officers entered the home.
A 17-year-old Virginia student has been taken into custody on weapons charges for allegedly threatening an attack on his school on what would have been the anniversary of the Columbine High School attack. According to an affidavit, a 16-year-old classmate said the older student had spoken about the Columbine attack several times throughout the school year.
Virginia drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol are required to place an ignition interlock device on their vehicles. However, this is not the case in every state. In some states, the device is only mandatory if a person's blood alcohol is above a certain level, if there is a second offense or at the judge's discretion. In the first study to look at all 50 states and the effect of ignition interlock devices on alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities, researchers reported a 7 percent decrease in crashes and estimate around 1,250 lives have been saved since the first mandatory laws were passed in 1993.