Jail term for DUI, leaving the scene

In Circuit Court last Friday (Feb. 13), Brittney Michelle Lee, 27, of Washington, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. On Oct. 10, the pickup truck Lee was driving collided with a parked car at the intersection of Harris Hollow Road and Main Street in Washington. Lee left the scene. A witness identified her to Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) Deputy Brandon Smoot, who found Lee at her parents’ home. Smoot performed field-sobriety tests, some of which his complaint said she failed.

Lee had appealed an earlier District Court guilty verdict to Circuit Court; her plea was part of an agreement. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Page County, Elizabeth Cooper, in making her sentencing recommendations to Judge Donald M. Haddock, said, “The Commonwealth has taken into consideration Ms. Lee’s eight years of honorable service in the military and the fact that she is deciding whether to re-enlist.”

Judge Haddock sentenced Lee to 180 days in the regional jail in Front Royal with 160 days suspended and was ordered to report to the facility on Feb. 16. She must complete the VASAP alcohol safety program. Her license is suspended for one year, but she will be eligible to apply for a restricted license after 60 days. And her vehicle must be fitted with an ignition interlock device.

Sheriff’s Report

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office reported that Deputy C. Currence arrested Charles Michael Hunter, 59, of Washington, on an assault-and-battery warrant sworn by his neighbor, Betty Grigsby, who accused Hunter of assaulting her during an argument about parking on Main Street following Monday’s snowstorm.

On Feb. 11, Deputy C. Koglin arrested Elliott Harding Fox, 30, of Spotsylvania, as the result of an ongoing investigation. Fox was charged with the burglary of a residence near the town of Washington, and grand larceny.

On Jan. 24, Koglin stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Zachary Taylor Highway (U.S. 522). The driver allegedly identified himself as another person to avoid arrest for outstanding charges in another jurisdiction and for a suspended driver’s license.  On Feb. 2, Joseph Luther Underwood, 38, of Reston, was arrested and charged with using the identifying information of another to avoid arrest or impede a criminal investigation, and driving while suspended.  

On Feb. 4, following an investigation by Deputy M. Dodson, Christopher Mark Petrullo, 55, of Front Royal, was arrested and charged with failure to perform construction work valued at more than $200.

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Writer, consultant, actor, director, recovering stand-up comic, Patty covers the county’s courts and other topics of interest for Rappahannock News. She lives with her grape-growing husband Bill Freitag in Flint Hill.