Graves to be charged with DWI felony

On Jan. 9, according to police reports, Bryan Daniel Graves crossed the center line on Route 231 and hit the vehicle being driven by Sperryville resident Virginie Audrain head on, totaling both vehicles and sending himself, Audrain, and his passenger to area hospitals.

Audrain is still recovering from her serious injuries, and the commonwealth’s attorney is now planning to charge Graves with a felony DWI.

Eleven days after the Jan. 9 accident, court records show, Graves was apparently back on the road. From Jan. 20 to the end of the month, Graves, 28, of Rixeyville, was charged four more times — with reckless driving and failure to register his vehicle, both misdemeanors; and failure to wear his seatbelt and speeding, both infractions. In all four cases he was found guilty in absentia and fined a total of $521.

According to court records, the five charges in January 2016 were only the latest of 41 felony and misdemeanor charges and traffic infractions Graves has received since 2007.

For the Jan. 9 accident, he was charged with a second-time offense of driving under the influence of drugs, a misdemeanor. A preliminary hearing on the charge was scheduled for this Tuesday (July 5) in Rappahannock County District Court.

Instead, Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff successfully moved to have the misdemeanor dropped in district court and said he plans to charge Graves with DWI resulting in maiming a victim, a felony. Goff said he will ask the Rappahannock County Circuit Court grand jury for an indictment when it convenes July 11. If Graves is indicted, a jury trial would be scheduled for later in the year.

At present, Goff said, Graves is in an out-of-state rehab facility. “He will be brought back to appear with his attorney to set a trial date,” said Goff.

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