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Lawyer faces multiple charges after parking lot incident

A Blacksburg criminal lawyer is charged with DUI as well as three felony drug and gun charges after an encounter with officers in Montgomery County this week.

Joseph G. Painter Jr., 65, was arrested after authorities got a call about a possible fight between two people Tuesday evening. Officers located two people in a vehicle in a hotel parking lot and arrested Painter on a charge of driving under the influence, according to a Christiansburg news release.

More serious charges ensued based on information gathered at the scene, police said. Painter was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of providing a firearm to a convicted felon. A woman in the vehicle was charged with possessing firearms as a convicted felon as well as drug possession and concealed weapon charges.

Painter was being held without bond as of Feb. 27.

Martinsville Commonwealth’s Attorney Joan Zigler was been appointed to prosecute the case, according to Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt.

Painter has a peculiar police record. He was convicted in 2001 of setting a series of grass fires near his home in Montgomery County, The Roanoke Times reports.

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