A 41-year-old man from Halifax was recently charged with DUI (driving under the influence), after he hit a Halifax County school bus. He has also been charged with hit-and-run.
Virginia State Trooper K.R. Martin charged Glenn H. Spell of Chatham Road following the accident. Spell sideswiped a school bus operated by Willie Francis Jr., 43, of South Boston. The bus only sustained minor damages, including a black streak along the side of the vehicle. However, Spell did not stop after hitting the school bus, but later returned to the scene of the crash on Thompson Store Road where he had struck the bus at 4:40 AM.
There was no significant damage and no one was hurt in the accident, but school transportation officials still responded to the call from the bus driver. When the school transportation officials arrived to the accident scene, Spell had already returned, but left again when state police were called. Spell was later identified as the driver and was charged with DUI and hit-and-run.
In Virginia, the consequences for DUI are severe. A first time DUI offense can result in a court fine of up to $2,500 and a jail sentence. A DUI conviction will go on your criminal record and could affect your insurance premium, future employment and your family’s wellbeing. Virginia courts hear so many DUI cases, that they frequently encourage DUI defendants to quickly admit to guilt. If you are facing a DUI charge in Virginia, contact an experienced DUI attorney immediately.
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