Drug charge leads to jail sentence

In a brief session Thursday morning (Nov. 7), one Catlett resident was sentenced to jail in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.

Lauren Chantelle Pokorny, 23, was convicted of a single count of possessing heroin. Thursday morning, both her mother, Jennifer Pokorny, and attorney, Kevin Garrity, lobbied Judge Jeffrey W. Parker for leniency.

Jennifer Pokorny testified that she had made all the necessary arrangements for her daughter to enroll in Bethany Hall, a Roanoke-based in-patient recovery home for women battling addictions. Pokorny asked Parker to allow her daughter to complete the 12-month program — nine of which would be in-patient treatment at the facility — in lieu of jail time.

“They have very high guidelines for residence,” Pokorny said, adding that an infraction — even a cigarette break — would result in expulsion from the program, and, in Lauren’s case, a return trip to circuit court.

Though Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff said he was in favor of Pokorny’s admission to Bethany Hall, he asked Parker to consider at least some jail time.

“I’m not sure exactly why you seem to have fallen off the deep end here, Ms. Pokorny,” said Parker, prior to sentencing. “But I want to give you the opportunity to turn it around here.”

Parker then sentenced Pokorny to three years in jail (all but six months suspended) and placed her on probation for four years (the first two of which are supervised, and the first as “intensive” supervision). Parker also ordered that Pokorny enroll in Bethany Hall and suspended her license for six months.

DUI arrests

After a traffic stop Oct. 30, Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy C. Koglin arrested 56-year-old Kim Adriaan Burgers and charged the Washington resident with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and refusal to submit to a breath or blood test.

On Nov. 10, also as a result of a traffic stop, Deputy M. Dodson arrested Luray resident Todd Loy Hollabaugh, 45, at Massies Corner, and charged him with DUI.

That same night, Dodson clocked a vehicle traveling on U.S. 522 near Huntly Road at nearly 100 mph. Dodson subsequently arrested 29-year-old Tommy Lee Hensley of Washington and charged him three misdemeanors: DUI, driving with a suspended operator’s license and reckless driving.