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Commonwealth’s attorney pleads guilty to DWI

Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter faced a judge Thursday and accepted a typical plea deal for first time DWI offenders.

Poindexter was charged in November after his car struck another on the Jamestown Ferry. His blood alcohol concentration was recorded as .11 percent, his lawyer said.

On Thursday, Poindexter pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court. He was given a 90-day suspended sentence, a one-year license suspension, a $250 fine and ordered to participate in the state’s Alcohol Safety Action Program, according to his attorney.

Williamsburg lawyer Patrick Kelley said it was a fairly straightforward case and Poindexter got the same deal most everyone gets on a first-time DWI.

Kelley said the case was postponed several times as Poindexter addressed health issues.

Another elected prosecutor recently charged with driving under the influence was acquitted of that charge in June. Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood was convicted of improper driving and refusal in a 2013 incident. He was fined $50 and had his license suspended for a year.

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