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Conviction may halt pizza deliveryman

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

A pizza deliveryman, who said a reckless driving conviction would cause him to lose the job, was unsuccessful in convincing a Pulaski County judge for leniency Thursday.

Percy L. Pannell III of Roanoke was convicted in Pulaski County General District Court in March of reckless driving by speeding 84 miles per hour in a 70-mile-per-hour zone. Court records show Pannell was convicted in his absence and appealed the conviction to circuit court March 11.

Thursday, Pannell told Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. that he delivers part-time for Pizza Hut and will not be able to keep the job if the reckless driving conviction is upheld. Although Pannell also has another full-time job, he said he needs the delivery job as well because he has five children who depend upon him for support.

A conviction, he told Judge Long, “Will cause a domino effect and everything will fall.”

The judge said he understands Pannell’s plight, “but your (driving) record is bad and that’s the issue.” He pointed out Pannell has minus 10 driving points and a four-page transcript.

The trooper who stopped Pannell on I-81 Nov. 23, 2012 said Pannell indicated his cruise control was set for 77 miles per hour. He added that Pannell was clocked at 84 in an area that had only a slight downhill grade.

Pannell was cooperative with the trooper, according to evidence.

Reiterating his concern over Pannell’s driving record, Long said, “I have a duty to uphold the law.” He upheld the conviction and $250 fine the lower court imposed.

2 Responses to Conviction may halt pizza deliveryman

  1. Va Girl

    September 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    If so poor, please explain having FIVE children? I have to guess the man has NO idea what causes that…or more likely no restraint and therefore in the mess he’s in financially AND with his driving. Restraint is a good thing. Figure it out. Tired of excuses from those who make stupid decisions based on emotions of the moment and then want either the tax payer or otherwise to fix or pay for their problems. Sorry…your problems. I have my own family and bills…I used restraint and have only 2 kids and no traffic tickets. Amazing what adhering to the laws of the road can do to keep one from getting pulled over. Utterly amazing….

    • CC

      September 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

      There is no possible way that I could agree with you more!!!!! Very well said!!!!!