The pastor of a Varina church is charged with DUI in Henrico County, Virginia. He also faces a reckless driving charge for an accident that occurred earlier that day.
Police say Jay Bertrand, co-pastor of Varina Baptist Church, was arrested for DUI just hours after he was released from the hospital for injuries he received after running into a Krispy Kreme store.
The first accident occurred when Bertrand crossed three lanes of oncoming traffic, hit a sidewalk and rammed into the Krispy Kreme on Broad Street.
According to Bertrand’s family, he suffers from serious back problems and the crash was a result of a medical emergency. They say his back seized up while he was driving and he could not move. Bertrand was taken to an area hospital but refused treatment.
Hours after leaving the hospital, Bertrand was involved in another accident. Police say he failed to move when a stoplight on Patterson Avenue turned green, causing the woman behind him to drive around his vehicle. When the driver stopped at the following intersection, Bertrand ran into her. The driver was not injured. Bertrand told police he did not remember what happened.
Bertrand takes medications for his back problems. His family says that all the medications he takes are prescribed by a doctor and that the doctor had given him full liberty to drive and operate machinery. They emphasize that this was not a case of alcohol or drug abuse.
Bertrand is charged with reckless driving in the Krispy Kreme accident and driving under the influence of drugs (DUI) for the second incident in Henrico, VA.