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Richmond police detective pleads guilty to DWI, no jail time

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)--A Richmond police detective will not spend any time in jail for driving while intoxicated last month.

Jack Larry was pulled over by a state trooper as he headed eastbound on Interstate-64 near Short Pump in a 2013 Volkswagen.

After a field sobriety test Larry was charged with driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a breath test.

The refusal charge won't be pursued. Court records show Larry was sentenced to 12 months in jail with all suspended.

He'll have to attend alcohol safety classes and pay a $250 fine.

The 32-year-old's license will also be restricted for one year. He remains on administrative leave from the police department.

"If you have a Virginia driver’s license, then you consent to have a sample of your breath taken if there's probable cause for DUI,” said CBS-6 legal analyst Todd Stone.  “If you refuse the test, and you’re found guilty, it means an automatic one-year suspension of your license."

Troopers said Larry’s passenger was Brooke Pettit, a 27-year-old assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond.  She was charged with being drunk in public, an unusual charge that begs the question: why?

Petit was ordered to perform 25 hours of community service, and her charge could be dropped if she completes the community service during the three month period.

"It's pretty uncommon to see a passenger charged with drunk in public,” said Stone. “Normally, there has to be very visual proof that something is in your system to be charged with that.  And there has to be an appearance of belligerent activity."



  • john doe

    Citizens get a manditory 10 days for first offense. Another cop above the law. Also the fine would have had another zero or two on it.

  • Defense Attorney

    Actually, jail time is uncommon for a basic DUI. The mandatory minimum sentencing only applies to cases of BAC above .15 (5 days in jail mandatory) or above .20 (15 days in jail). I don’t know what his BAC was but unless it was above those numbers the sentencing he received is the standard sentencing for citizens.

  • theodore

    It shows that people with a little authority face no jail time let a regular citizen do it we get the book thrown at us

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