Mildred “Millie” Jenkins, a local Mothers Against Drunk Driving volunteer, continues to be at odds with the way Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian M. Madden’s office prosecutes DUI (driving under the influence) cases.
Jenkins cited four recent DUI cases in the county, voicing concern that a blood-alcohol certificate was not entered for the defendants, during a March 5th story in the Northern Virginia Daily. The certificate would have triggered mandatory jail time and a mandatory ignition interlock device on their vehicles. An ignition interlock device will not allow the engine to start if a driver’s blood alcohol level is 0.02 percent or above.
Madden responded to Jenkins’ comments in a March 6th e-mail and press release. He stated that Jenkins had a dual standard when it comes to the prosecution of DUI cases. Madden cited a case involving Lauren Peterson Cummings who had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than double the legal limit in Virginia, in his response to Jenkins. He said that Jenkins had asked for clemency for Cummings because she wanted to volunteer with MADD. However, the prosecution did not agree to Jenkins’ request.
According to court documents, Cummings pleaded guilty to DUI and was given a 60-day jail sentence, with all but four days suspended. Her blood-alcohol certificate was not entered. Madden commented that, “no one recalls Ms. Jenkins objecting to this result.”
Jenkins has adamantly denied that she asked anyone to give Cummings a break.
Madden stated in his press release that Jenkins should have come to him or a General District judge before taking her concerns to the newspaper.
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