Karate instructor convicted, sentenced on DWI charge
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR)–Kristina Mangrum is out on bond now awaiting her next court hearing.
Tuesday, Judge James O’Connell sentenced her to 12 months behind bars, but suspended 11 months. Mangrum will have to serve 30 days.
Judge O’Connell listened to the evidence against the 34-year-old.
An officer testified about the 8:45 a.m. call that came into dispatch on that June morning.
Witnesses said they saw Mangrum swerving all over the road, driving a white martial arts van along Hull Street.
The Karate Instructor was transporting seven kids from daycare to a field trip at a Chesterfield park. The officer said that when he pulled Mangrum over he asked her if she was okay.
Mangrum replied that she was having some problems with her steering wheel.
The officer testified that he asked her to get out of the vehicle, so he could check but didn’t find anything wrong. He said he asked Mangrum about any other problems because he could tell something wasn’t right.
Mangrum was then told to walk a straight line and the officer said she was unable to do that.
He also questioned Mangrum asking her if she had been drinking, taking any medications or illegal drugs– in which she didn’t respond.
Court records later revealed that Mangrum had a blood alcohol level of .30, which is more than three times the legal limit.
Mangrum’s attorney, Stephen Armstrong, spoke on her behalf. They said the 34-year-old received letters from friends, family and students from the Martial Arts World school. They described her as a good person and call this incident totally out of her character.
The judge took that into consideration and the fact that she had no criminal history and a good driving record before sentencing Mangrum.
Mangrum paid a $750 fine and will attend ASAP – Virginia Alcohol Safety Action program. And her license has been suspended for 12 months. Her jail time will be served on weekends.
Mangrum is scheduled to go before a judge in Chesterfield’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations court on September 10th to face seven felony counts of child endangerment.