By MELINDA WILLIAMS
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.