Drive home results in DWI

Published 10:58 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Marvin Darrell Jennings, 41, of Victoria, was convicted recently in Lunenburg Circuit Court of Felony Driving Under the Influence and Felony Driving Revoked and sentenced to 10 years in prison with all suspended except two years.

These are mandatory minimum sentences set by the legislature for a second conviction of Felony DWI and for driving revoked while under the influence. He was fined $1,000, and his privilege to obtain a license was revoked indefinitely.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement in a release from the Lunenburg County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, the incident leading to his arrest arose on Aug. 5 just after midnight.

According to a report filed by Kenbridge Police Officer Aaron Stokes, he spotted a vehicle driving east on Main Street of Kenbridge and noticed that the back license plate light was out. After being stopped, Jennings told the officer that he had been at Starlight Arena and had a few drinks. He said his wife did not want to drive because she wanted to eat her chicken, so he decided he would try to “sneak them home,” the release cited.

Stokes reported that Jennings failed three physical sobriety tests, being at times unable to maintain his balance and swaying. His breath test revealed an alcohol level of 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit.

Jennings had a prior felony conviction of driving under the influence in Lunenburg County on Nov. 19, 2007, which was the result of being a third DWI conviction, as well as prior misdemeanor convictions of Assault and Battery of a Family Member, Trespassing, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Bad Check, Brandishing a Firearm, Obstructing Justice, and Petit Larceny.

In addition to his sentence and $1,000 fine, Jennings must be of good behavior for 10 years, complete supervised probation for one year, abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs, refrain from driving indefinitely, and submit to warrantless searches and seizures and PBTs (preliminary breath tests).

Jennings is allowed to report to the jail to begin his sentence in four weeks due to health reasons.