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Local DMV head wants to serve time in home, not jail

November 11, 1999

From wire and staff reports

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Division of Motor Vehicles' Martinsburg district director has asked a judge to give him home confinement rather than jail time for his guilty plea to driving on a revoked license.

Craig Loy, 39, of 402 Porter Ave., was sentenced last month in Berkeley County Magistrate Court to six months in jail, but the sentence was stayed until an alternative sentencing hearing could be held in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

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Loy admitted he used "terribly bad judgment" when he drove his van in January after his license had been suspended late last year. He was allowed to remain free on bond while he argued for an alternative sentence.

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In papers filed Wednesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court, Loy said sending him to jail would create a hardship on his family.

He asked the court to modify his sentence so he can serve it at home. Loy also would like permission to leave his house to go to work.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Thursday night she was not aware Loy had filed the papers with the court.

Loy was charged with driving with a revoked license after a Martinsburg Police officer saw him pull his 1993 Dodge Caravan out of a parking space on Porter Avenue the night of Jan. 22 and turn onto West John Street, according to court records.

At the time, Loy was still on probation for reckless driving, to which he pleaded guilty in an agreement to reduce the charge from driving under the influence.

Loy was charged with driving under the influence on March 13, 1998, when his truck crashed into a guardrail near the Mid-Atlantic Parkway around 1 a.m.

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