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Virginia Storms Cause Traffic Issues

Following the Storm: VA Traffic and Speeding Tickets

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Storm damage behind the Law Office of Weiland Upton

Thousands of people in the metro Richmond area are still reeling from the effects of this weekend’s powerful thunderstorms. In fact, here at Weiland Upton, we are suffering from the aftermath of the severe weather as well. While Dominion Power attempts to restore electricity to Virginia residents, large blackouts can cause major traffic headaches. Summer in Virginia brings heavy storms and the occasional hurricane. If you find yourself out on the roads during a major blackout, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Police officers are out in force: During any emergency situation (including power outages), there are likely to be more police on the roadways keep order and enforcing the rules of the road. Slow down so that you don’t receive a speeding ticket and pay attention to your surroundings. Police may have to divert traffic if trees or power lines are down, or if traffic lights are not functioning.

Stop lights may not work: If you encounter a stoplight that has lost power, Virginia law says you must treat it as a stop sign. We receive numerous calls after power outages from clients who received a ticket for failing to obey a stop sign. Many people have never encountered or received a ticket for going through a non-working traffic light and are unsure what to do. So next time you come across one after a storm, make sure you stop.

Report all traffic incidents: Unfortunately, the chaos during a blackout or after a major storm also creates chaos on the roads. Downed trees, changes in traffic patterns, and non-functioning stop lights can lead to lots of confusions among drivers and plenty of accidents. Always report any traffic incident to the police. This will help you avoid being charged with other crimes such as hit-and-run.

And if you ever find yourself facing a traffic violation or crime in the state of Virginia, call our office. Major storms and prolonged power outages can be a confusing time for drivers. We are always a call or an e-mail away, ready to assist you in attaining the best possible result in your Virginia traffic case.

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Richmond Football Player Guilty of Virginia Reckless Driving

Richmond, VA Football Player Guilty of Reckless Driving

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Jimmy Speros pled guilty to reckless driving in Richmond, VA

A University of Richmond football player recently pled guilty to reckless driving in a Richmond, Virginia traffic court. James L. Speros, Jr. was charged with reckless driving and hit and run following an accident in Richmond’s West End.

Speros pled guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving and misdemeanor hit and run. The misdemeanor hit and run charge was reduced from a felony. Speros was fined $1,000 and given twelve-month suspended jail sentence.

The incident occurred in February when Speros drove his pickup truck through a stop sign, hitting an SUV and causing it to strike a brick wall. The two occupants of the SUV were injured.

Speros walked away from the scene and was arrested three days later for hit and run. According to the Richmond Sheriff’s Office, he faced a magistrate and was given a $3,500 unsecured bond before being released.

Jimmy Speros is an offensive lineman for the University of Richmond Spiders. He is also the son of noted NFL coach Jim Speros.

University of Richmond Director of Athletics Jim Miller said Speros has been allowed to continue on-campus football activities, including practice, but that no decision had been made as to reinstating him fully in the university’s football program.

Speros was found guilty of hit and run and reckless driving in Richmond, Virginia.

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DUI and Reckless Driving Charges in New Kent Pursuit

Virginia Reckless Driving, DUI Charge in New Kent Chase

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Lopez-Morga slammed into a New Kent Sheriff’s cruiser on Interstate 64

A Richmond man is charged with reckless driving and DUI in New Kent County, Virginia, among other charges. He has been taken into custody.

Angel Rafael Lopez-Morga was arrested following a police chase and accident on Interstate 64. He is charged with attempted murder of a police officer after striking a New Kent Sheriff’s deputy. He was also charged with malicious wounding a police officer, eluding police and hit & run, in addition to driving under the influence and reckless driving.

The incident occurred when the New Kent Sheriff’s Office were alerted to an erratic driver on the highway. As police responded, they learned that the suspect had turned around and was driving his vehicle in the wrong direction on I-64.

New Kent Sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Thomas managed to pull the car over. After ignoring Thomas’s verbal commands, Lopez-Morga’s vehicle took off, hitting Thomas’s cruiser. The accident broke Thomas’s hand and left him with several other minor injuries.

Police say the suspect, when finally stopped, refused to exit his vehicle and resisted arrest.

Sgt. Thomas was taken to Memorial Regional Medical Center and released. Lopez-Morga was treated at VCU Medical center and later handed to police. He is currently being held without bond at Henrico Jail East.

Lopez is charged with DUI 1st and reckless driving, among other crimes, in New Kent County, VA.

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DUI in Chesterfield after Man Hits Police Cruisers

DUI Arrest in Chesterfield County, Virginia

A man was charged with driving under the influence in Chesterfield, Virginia after ramming two police cruisers, injuring himself and one officer.

Twenty-two-year-old Courtney Orelien, of Wentworth Street in Chesterfield, was taken to CJW Medical Center for injuries suffered in the crash. He was initially charged with DUI, 1st offense after the incident. According to court records, Chesterfield police later charged him with driving on a suspended license, felony eluding, felony hit & run and assault on a law enforcement official.

Chesterfield Police Captain Kevin Smith said the officer injured in the accident was treated for minor injuries at CJW Medical Center and later released.

The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports the incident occurred when Orelien intentionally rammed a police vehicle and then fled the scene. The police officer pursued the suspect south on Jefferson Davis Highway. Less than a mile after the chase began, Orelien attempted a sharp right turn onto Swineford Road. The suspect hit another police vehicle stationed on Swineford Road that was waiting to join in the pursuit.

The pursuit ended after the second crash. Orelein is expected to appear in the Chesterfield County General District Court on June 19, 2012. He is charged with hit & run, eluding, driving on a suspended license, and DUI in Chesterfield, Virginia.

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Man sentenced to five years for fatal Richmond DUI

VA DUI Gets 5 Years Jail Time

A Richmond, Virginia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a fatal, DUI-related hit-and-run that occurred in December near the John Marshall Courts Building.

Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley B. Cavedo sentenced Andre U. Vaughan to five years for his conviction on involuntary manslaughter, ten years with all ten suspended for felony hit-and-run charge, and twelve months with all but five days suspended for the DUI.

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Vaughan has an extensive history of convictions involving domestic violence, but it was his lengthy history of substance and alcohol abuse which appears to have made the greatest impact in sentencing. Vaughan’s ex-wife was unaware of earlier convictions for driving offenses in Virginia, but did testify to Vaughan’s inability to overcome his addictions as he struggled with a life of alcohol and substance abuse.

Vaughan struck the victim, Bruce Lee Carter, near Clay 8th St in downtown Richmond VA and the incident was caught on closed-circuit TV from downtown cameras, which caught the moment of impact as Carter was sent sprawling ten feet. Vaughan initially fled the scene, but was soon spotted by police officers with a caved in windshield and damaged side mirror.

Vaughan was clearly intoxicated according to reports from officers called to the scene.

Vaughan pled guilty to all charges brought against him, including  felony hit and run and involuntary manslaughter (fatal Richmond DUI).

Click here for the full story from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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