- Last Updated on 07:46 AM 06/27/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Halifax General District Court Judge Charles Warren of Mecklenburg County ordered no jail time for Halifax Town Councilman Phillip J. Hammond Jr. Monday during disposition of his case regarding a misdemeanor first offense of DWI, according to court records.
Warren sentenced Hammond to a 12-month suspended jail term and ordered him placed on probation for 12 months.
The court additionally ordered Hammond to pay a $250 fine, perform 50 hours of community service supervised by VASAP and suspended his operator’s license for 12 months.
Hammond pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor first offense charge of driving while intoxicated.
A second misdemeanor charge against Hammond for refusing a blood/breath test was nol prossed by the commonwealth during the trial.
Hammond was charged with misdemeanor DWI following a Nov. 7 wreck in the Town of Halifax.
Halifax Police Corporal S. M. Comer reported the single-vehicle wreck involving the 55-year-old Hammond occurred at 11:26 p.m. in front of the Wilco-Hess convenience store.
According to Comer, Hammond’s 2001 Audi four-door was traveling south on South Main Street when it crossed into the northbound lane of traffic, then onto a sidewalk where it struck a utility pole.
Hammond was transported to Halifax Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the wreck, according to Comer, who estimated damage to Hammond’s vehicle at $2,500 and $100 damage to the utility pole struck by Hammond’s vehicle.