Authorities released a Virginia Beach police officer from jail on November 14 after he served a court-ordered five-day prison stretch for an off-duty DUI incident, according to PilotOnline.com.
The officer, who himself served on the department’s DUI enforcement unit, was convicted in General District Court on September 21 for drunken driving and hit and run. He initially appealed the conviction, a procedure which put a hold on the judge’s ruling, but he subsequently dropped the appeal.
The court also revoked the officer’s license for a year, fined him $500, and required him to attend alcohol safety classes and use an ignition interlock device for six months.
Media reports contain no mention of any civil lawsuits in connection with this incident.
According to media reports, in the early morning hours of June 20 while off duty, the officer crashed into another car in Virginia Beach and left the scene. At the time of his arrest shortly thereafter, the officer apparently registered a 0.15 BAC, nearly twice Virginia’s 0.08 legal limit.
The police department put the officer on desk duty after the arrest, but apparently he has now been suspended from the force pending an internal affairs investigation.
The same officer made headlines in May for pulling over a retired NFL star for drunken driving.
With a zero tolerance policy, the state of Virginia is said to have some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. However, impaired driving still poses an ongoing risk in Virginia and around the nation. If you–or someone you love–have been injured in a Virginia car accident, do not hesitate to get in touch with the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.