Surry Commonwealth’s Attorney is Charged with DUI
As Virginia personal injury lawyers we see at first hand the havoc drinking alcohol and driving can cause on the highways of the Commonwealth.
DUI charges are more common than we may think but they only make news headlines when alcohol is linked to a serious accident or a prominent figure is charged with a DUI.
The latter was the case on Saturday in Surry County where the Commonwealth’s Attorney was charged with a DUI, according to media reports.
WAVY.com reported that Gerald Glen Poindexter was taken into police custody after he brushed another vehicle with his car on the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry while it was unloading around 4 p.m. Nov. 29, officers said.
Investigators told 10 On Your Side Poindexter was then taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.
Poindexter is not the only Commonwealth’s Attorney to face a DUI charge. Last year Norfolk’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood faced a similar charge. However, a series of witnesses persuaded a judge to overturn a DUI conviction him in July, 2014.
The Virginian-Pilot reported how he won his appeal after defense witnesses testified they saw him before an Oct. 23, 2013, traffic stop, and he appeared sober.
A state trooper pulled Underwood over after the Commonwealth’s Attorney drove through safety cones that marked off a road construction area near the Brambleton Avenue exit of Interstate 264.
State troopers testified that he smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and stumbled. Underwood also refused to take any tests, including a breath test to measure his blood alcohol content, a trooper testified.
Underwood was convicted of driving under the influence in April in General District Court. At that hearing, Underwood did not enter a plea but appealed the case to Circuit Court. He later won his appeal.
When prominent figures are charged with DUIs, it sets a bad example. Recently swimmer Michael Phelps was charged with a second DUI offense.
According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 8,221 drunk driving-related car accidents in our state in 2010. Sadly, 247 of these were fatal auto accidents. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the actions of a drunk driver, you should call an experienced Virginia DUI injury lawyer. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077.