Brian Allen Powell, 33, of Dillwyn, was sentenced to serve a total of one year and two months of jail time after pleading guilty to one felony and two misdemeanors in connection with a high-speed police pursuit Sept. 18.
Powell was charged with eluding or disregarding police, driving too fast for road conditions, and DWI/third offense within five years. The two latter charges are classified as misdemeanors.
According to a summary of the evidence in court, an Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office deputy was traveling on Old Courthouse Road in the area of Anderson Mill Road with another deputy following behind. There, a red 1998 Ford Ranger was seen stopped in the oncoming traffic lane before moving slowly.
Believing the situation to either be a medical emergency or a case of driving under the influence, the deputies approached in squad cars, but Powell accelerated speed and did not slow down when the emergency lights and siren were activated.
The pursuit reached 75 miles per hour on wet roads during a rainy night. Powell led the deputies into Buckingham County onto back roads and continued to flee on a dangerous, slippery dirt road that caused the squad cars to fishtail.
Evidence stated that the deputies had reported the Ranger struck several deer and also a fence. After communicating with police in Buckingham County, a spike strip was placed on the road that caused the Ranger to stop with punctured tires.
As part of the plea agreement, Powell also receives two years and 22 months of suspended time (misdemeanor time is calculated by months). Thirty days are to run concurrent with time served for a conviction in Buckingham County.
Terms of the suspended sentence include five years good behavior, two years supervised probation, a $1,000 minimum mandatory fine with another $1,500 suspended, and a $50 trauma fund fee.
Powell’s driver’s license was suspended for three years, but he may apply for a restricted license after one year with a mandatory ignition interlock device installed for a year.
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