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House candidate awaits court date on DUI

SoVaNow.com / September 30, 2013
A court date for Jasper Hendricks, Democratic candidate for House of Delegates in the 60th Legislative District, has been postponed after Hendricks was charged with driving under the influence on Aug. 31.

The arrest, first reported by The Southside Messenger, took place during a traffic stop on South Main Street in Farmville at 1:56 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. According to court documents cited by The Messenger, Hendricks’ blood alcohol level was .15, nearly twice the legal limit.

The candidate was due to appear in Prince Edward General District Court today, but court records indicate the hearing has been postponed. The DUI charge is a Class I misdemeanor.

Hendricks is running against incumbent Del. James Edmunds of Halifax in the Nov. 5 general election. The 60th District includes Halifax, Charlotte and Prince Edward counties and portions of Campbell.

In a statement to The Messenger, Hendricks said, “I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance. I am represented by legal counsel who is working with the authorities in investigating what happened on that evening. I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter.”

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