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Judge pleads guilty to hit-and-run

Wytheville Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Michael Keith Blankenship pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run charge Friday in Powhatan County General District Court.

According to The Roanoke Times, Blankenship was fined $200 and must pay restitution for the damage caused when he ran off the road on April 27.

Blankenship pleaded guilty May 20 in Smyth County General District Court to reckless driving and refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test related to a separate incident.

Defense attorney Michael Barbour has said Blankenship has chosen to go on leave from his judgeship indefinitely.

Posted by Peter Vieth

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