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Leesburg man guilty of third DUI

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

A Leesburg man’s driving privileges have been suspended indefinitely for being convicted of a third offense of intoxicated driving within 10 years.

Under a plea agreement with the prosecution, David Frederick Sweet, 29, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated when he wrecked on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County in March.

Pulaski County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Naomi Huntington said evidence would show a witness observed Sweet’s northbound SUV “clip” a tractor-trailer while attempting to pass the truck. The SUV went out of control and ended up in the median of the interstate.

Sweet, who smelled strongly of alcohol, was transported to an area hospital for treatment, where he acknowledged to police that he was under the influence of alcohol, Huntington told Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. She said his blood-alcohol content was determined to be .20 percent, or almost three times the legal limit of .08.

Huntington said Sweet told police he is an alcoholic.

As part of the plea agreement, Judge Long sentenced Sweet to three years in prison, suspending all but the state mandatory sentence of 90 days. Sweet was fined $1,000 and is required to contribute $50 to a Trauma Center Fund.

The Trauma Center Fund is used to defray the costs of providing trauma care at the state’s designated trauma centers. New River Valley Medical Center has received $238,694.96 from the Trauma Center Fund since 2006, according to Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, which administers the fund.