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Local attorney sentenced on DUI charge

February 28, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Local attorney Terry Britt pleaded no contest earlier this week to one count of driving under the influence, and must perform 12 hours of community service and pay a $200 fine, according to court records.

He also was ordered to serve 24 hours in jail, but was given credit for 24 hours already served, according to Berkeley County Magistrate records. As part of the plea bargain, a related charge of obstructing police was dismissed.

The two misdemeanor charges stemmed from an incident on Sept. 5, 2001, in which an employee of Sheetz on Apple Harvest Drive in Martinsburg called police and said a man who appeared to be drunk was in the parking lot, court records allege.

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When Cpl. Ron Gardner of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department went to the store, he found Britt, 53, sitting in a car.

Britt initially refused orders to get out of the car, instead holding a pen and paper and demanding to know Gardner's name, court records said. After Gardner helped Britt out of the car, he noticed that Britt's breath smelled like alcohol and that Britt swayed and staggered while walking, according to court records.

Britt admitted he had driven to Sheetz, but refused to take an alcohol breath test, records show.

The plea bargain hearing was conducted Monday in Magistrate Joan Bragg's office, which Bragg said is common when pleas are accepted.

The maximum penalty for a first-offense DUI charge is six months in jail, but first-time offenders typically receive a sentence of 24 hours.

Britt has law offices throughout the area, including West Virginia offices in Martinsburg and Morgantown; Maryland offices in Hagerstown, Cumberland, Frederick, Westminster and Easton; and a Virginia office in Winchester.

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