Third DWI brings felony conviction for Lucy

Published 9:24 am Thursday, April 7, 2016

Claude Taylor Lucy, a 40-year-old Lawrenceville man, was convicted recently in Lunenburg County Circuit Court of a felony driving while intoxicated (DWI) third offense within five years.

He was sentenced to five years in prison with all suspended except six months. He was fined $1000, and his privilege to obtain a license was revoked indefinitely, according to Lunenburg County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement.

According to Clement, the incident leading to his arrest arose on Jan. 18, at about 9 p.m when Kenbridge Police officer Aaron Stokes detected Lucy traveling 60 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone.  

Lucy failed three field sobriety tests and the preliminary breath test and was arrested for DWI.  His breathalyzer test revealed an alcohol level of 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit for intoxication while driving, Clement said.

Lucy had two prior convictions of driving under the influence in Brunswick County in 2011 and 2015.

In addition to his sentence and fine, Lucy must be of good behavior for five years, complete supervised probation for one year, attend substance-abuse counseling, abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs and submit to warrantless searches and seizures, according to Clement.