Brittney Michelle Lee of Washington pleaded guilty Tuesday in Rappahannock County Circuit Court to a charge of a 4th DUI within 10 years. She also pleaded guilty to violating probation on two other previous DUIs.
Sentencing is set for Aug.v 20.
On Jan. 13, 2020, the 31-year-old Lee was charged with a fourth instance of driving while intoxicated, two counts of driving on suspended or revoked license, and one count of drinking while driving with an open container in her vehicle.
Lee’s record of alcohol-related charges in Rappahannock goes back to 2014. Since then, she has been found guilty of several DWIs, public swearing and intoxication, and driving without a court-ordered ignition device used to detect alcohol.
During one DWI arrest in 2015, she was involved in a hit-and-run on Main Street in Washington.
In April of last year, Lee was unable to appear as scheduled in Rappahannock County District Court because she had been arrested the night before, charged by the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office with being “drunk in public.” She was considered still too intoxicated to keep her morning court date.
She has been held in Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail since her arrest on January 13.
Outside the courthouse Tuesday, Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff said he feared the young woman would get some serious jail time. Goff did not prosecute Lee, as her father used to serve on the Board of Supervisors.
Kenneth L. Alger II, the Page County Commonwealth’s Attorney, was brought in as special prosecutor.
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