Serrano to serve time

Published 12:29 pm Friday, March 18, 2016

Steven Michael Serrano, a 26-year-old Crewe man of 1179 Snead Spring Road, was found guilty of felony eluding a law-enforcement officer recently in Lunenburg Circuit Court and received five years with all suspended except 10 months in jail.

According to Lunenburg County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement, Serrano drove through radar being operated by Kenbridge Police Officer Aaron Stokes at a speed of 38 mph in a 25 mph zone. When Stokes attempted to stop him, Serrano took off down Route 40 toward Blackstone and quickly reached speeds of over 100 mph.

State Trooper William Wooding followed Stokes in the pursuit, videotaping the chase on his dash cam. Stokes notified Wooding to pass him near the county line to continue the pursuit through Nottoway County.The video showed Serrano nearly hitting a car as it approached in the other lane.

“Concerned that Serrano would enter the town of Blackstone at excessive speeds, the trooper passed him, but Serrano quickly went around the trooper and nearly lost control,” Clement said. “He then entered the town of Blackstone and maintained speeds of 80 mph. He finally stopped at 516 Center St., the residence of the owner of the vehicle.”

In addition, Serrano was also convicted of driving on a suspended license and received a 12-month jail sentence with all suspended. As part of his penalty, his privilege to obtain a license was suspended for one year and 90 days. The suspended portion of his sentence is subject to conditions of good behavior for six years, supervised probation and warrantless searches.

His prior criminal record consisted of a 2010 conviction for possession of a schedule three controlled substance, a 2011 conviction of destruction of property, and a 2013 conviction of possession of marijuana.