Man pleads guilty in two DUI wrecks
A man who caused two drunken-driving accidents during within two weeks of each other last summer pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday.
“I drank a couple of beers and decided to drive,” Johnny Dargavell, 44, said at the hearing.
In the incident involving a collision with an ATV on June 17, he pleaded guilty to second-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident.
In the second incident, which occurred June 30, Dargavell admitted he struck a vehicle at Big Hill Avenue and Boggs Lane. Richmond police say Dargavell was found hiding behind a nearby business shortly after the wreck.
An elderly woman was seriously injured in the collision, and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Smith said these injuries have aggravated her pre-existing chronic health problems.
The woman’s husband suffered minor injuries, Smith said.
Dargavell pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, fourth-degree assault and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
In both cases, the plea agreement was set during a felony mediation process in which the accident victims gave input about the appropriate punishment.
In a third case, Dargavell pleaded guilty to a charge of flagrant nonsupport.
Smith recommended a total sentence of five years. Dargavell is scheduled for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. March 28.
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