Surry County prosecutor charged with DUI

File photo of Surry County Commonwealth Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter speaking to reporters in 2007. (AP photo)

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – James City County police say they arrested the Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney for driving under the influence Saturday afternoon.

Gerald Glen Poindexter (Photo credit: Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Gerald Glen Poindexter (Photo credit: Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

Gerald Glen Poindexter, 73, was taken into custody around 4 p.m., after he allegedly brushed another vehicle with his car on the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry.

According to a James City County press release, Poindexter struck a curb while the ferry was loading vehicles on the Surry side. Attendants tried to stop him, but he kept driving onto the boat and ran into another vehicle, causing minor damage.

Poindexter was arrested for driving under the influence and not having a driver’s license in his possession, then taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Documents: Poindexter arrest warrant, summons

Monday night, Surry County’s top prosecutor was out of jail, facing the two misdemeanor charges, detailed in court documents.

“I could smell alcohol on his breath, his eyes were red and his speech was slurred. Mr. Poindexter admitted he had been drinking alcohol … admitted he struck the vehicle. 6 F.T S.’s or field sobriety tests were done and Mr. Poindexter failed them completely,” reads an officer’s account of the incident in court documents.

The documents also say Poindexter urinated on himself in the jail restroom.

10 On Your Side called his office and was told he was unavailable and had no comment.

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