Pulled over on one of the wide-open roads of Rappahannock County that appear to invite speeders, three northern Virginia men on motorcycles pleaded guilty to reckless driving by speed and were sentenced Tuesday (July 19) in Rappahannock County District Court.
The incident occurred just weeks after 26-year-old Rajesh Pramod Patil of Haymarket pleaded guilty, after a day-long trial, to misdemeanor charges of eluding or disregarding a police officer; reckless driving endangering life, limb or property; and reckless driving at speeds in excess of 130 mph.
Motorcyclists Kevin L. Behnaz, 24, of Oak Hill; Abdullah Noyan, 20, of Chantilly; and Alfredo D. Panamero, 27, of Manassas were stopped July 10 by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Epley on U.S. 211 west of Massies Corner. Epley charged them with driving 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Each was sentenced to 10 days in jail (all suspended) and ordered to pay a fine of $250 and perform 24 hours of community service. Behnaz had an additional charge of driving with an expired inspection sticker. Noyan had an additional charge of operating an uninsured vehicle. Both charges were dropped.
Thomas Sanders Akre, 48, of Woodville pleaded guilty to a first offense of DWI and was sentenced to 90 days in jail (all suspended) and one year of supervised probation. His license was suspended for a year, but he can apply for a restricted license for limited uses. Akre also must have an ignition interlock device installed on his vehicle and complete the state’s alcohol awareness and safety program, VASAP.
Before sentencing, Judge Charles B. Foley admonished Akre. “You and I both know this isn’t the first time you’ve driven while intoxicated,” said Foley. “It’s just the first time you’ve been caught.”
When Valarie Lynn Barnes, 53, of Sperryville appeared before the judge on charges of a second DWI offense, Foley said, “This is not your first offense, so the price of poker goes up.” In a plea bargain, the charge was amended to a first offense of DWI and Barnes was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with all but 10 days suspended. Foley suspended Barnes’ license for a one year and ordered her to complete VASAP.
Barnes also pleaded guilty to a third-time offense of driving with a revoked or suspended license. She pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempting to drive under a revoked or suspended license. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with all but 10 days suspended, one year of supervised probation, and another 90 days’ suspension of her license.
Foley granted her request to delay reporting to the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail, but denied her request to serve her sentence on weekends. Barnes must report to RSW July 29.
Theodore James Shuck, 36, of Amissville, was arraigned on a third-time charge of driving on a revoked or suspended license, and operating an uninsured vehicle, both misdemeanors; and having no valid safety inspection, an infraction. His case was continued to Sept. 13.
Jennifer Dianne Perez, 38, of Stanley, was arraigned on a charge of failure to appear in court on May 3. On that date, she was arraigned in absentia for DUI and eluding or disregarding police. The case was continued to Sept. 13.
Alcohol-related cases top July 12 docket
In district court July 12, Dwaine Lynn Edwards, 52, of Middletown, was arraigned on a first offense of DWI, drinking and driving with an open container in his vehicle, and reckless driving by speeding. He was clocked at 84 mph in a 55 mph zone. His case was continued to Aug. 16.
Melinda Ashley Hinson, 40, of Rixeyville pleaded guilty to a first offense of DWI. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail, all suspended. Her license was suspended for 12 months and she was ordered to complete the VASAP program.
Shaylee N. Severson, 24, of Capon Bridge, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to a fourth offense of driving with a suspended license. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 150 days suspended and supervised probation for six months. Her license was suspended for six months. On the same day she was arraigned for the fourth incidence, she was sentenced for a third incidence of driving with a suspended license. At that time, she was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 12 months of unsupervised probation and a 90-day suspension of her license.
Ethan Cody Newcamp, 22, of Castleton, was back in court to be arraigned on speeding, driving on a suspended license, and a probation violation, his second related to his Oct. 7, 2014 sentencing for reckless driving resulting in an accident. At that time, he was sentenced to 12 months in jail, all suspended, and 12 months of unsupervised probation. On July 21, 2015, he pleaded guilty to violating his probation and was sentenced to 12 months in jail with 11 months suspended, and 12 months of supervised probation.
Disposition on the current charges has been continued to Aug. 6.