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Loudoun Jury Sends Habitual Drunk Driver to Prison
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Loudoun Jury Sends Habitual Drunk Driver to Prison

From the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office:

LEESBURG, Virginia – December 14, 2010.  Kenneth Wright, 50, of Sterling was convicted after a one day jury trial of his 4th Offense for Driving While Intoxicated within the last 10 years, a Felony under Virginia law.  Wright was also convicted of Driving a Motor Vehicle after his license had been revoked due to prior DWIs.

            On May 10, 2010, while patrolling Sterling Blvd., Deputy Tony Outlaw with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle driven by Wright that appeared unable to maintain travel within its lane.  The vehicle would drift within the lane and noticeably accelerate and slow for unknown reasons.  As the vehicle approached a red stop light, Wright nearly rear-ended another vehicle that was already stopped.  After initiating the traffic stop, Wright stumbled from his vehicle at Outlaw’s request.  Wright was unsteady on his feet, smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.  Although he denied having had anything to drink, eighteen beers were located behind the driver’s seat after Wright was taken into custody.

            After less than two hours of deliberation, the jury found Wright guilty and recommended a sentence of three years on the DWI-4th, and nine months for Driving on a Revoked License.  The jury also assessed fines totaling $4,000.

            Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Travis Owens, who prosecuted the case, was pleased with the jury’s verdict.  “The jury carefully considered the facts of the case and applied a common sense analysis to the evidence,” stated Owens.  “Some offenders are beyond the rehabilitative reach of the court, and when that happens, it becomes a matter of simply protecting the community,” Owens continued.

            Wright was previously convicted of Unlawfully Refusing to Submit to a Breath Test on November 12, an offense that carries up to an additional twelve months in jail.  A formal sentencing date is scheduled for February 14, 2011 in Loudoun Circuit Court for all three charges where Wright faces a potential sentence of 4 years, 9 months.

            Wright was previously convicted of Driving While Intoxicated in Loudoun County in 2002 and 2004 and in Fairfax County in 2005.

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