Former governor’s son arrested in Va. Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach police charged one of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s sons with driving under the influence early Thursday morning.

Just before 3:30 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on Robert Ryan “Bobby” McDonnell III in the 2500 block of Sandpiper Road in Sandbridge. According to police, he was charged with DUI and refusing to take a breath test.

Officials at Virginia Beach City Jail said the 23-year-old was released from custody around 11 a.m. The Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said his trial date has been scheduled for April 28.

Recently, the former first family has been under legal scrutiny. Last year, Charlottesville police charged Bobby McDonnell’s twin brother, Sean, with public intoxication at the University of Virginia, where the brothers attended. Sean pleaded guilty in August 2013.

In September, a federal jury found former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of corruption, fraud and bribery. The couple is scheduled to be sentenced in January and February.

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During the corruption trial, Bobby was constantly at his father’s side. So much so, that when the younger McDonnell appeared in court with a haircut, reporters immediately knew.

On Thursday, Bobby was pulled over just a couple miles from the McDonnell family’s vacation home on Sandfiddler Road. The beach house was at the center of the “loans for favors” from businessman Jonnie Williams in the corruption trial. The McDonnells were swimming in debt from the beach rental, not making enough to carry it through the winter months. The jury believed Jonnie Williams bailed the McDonnells out in exchange for the them promoting Williams’ products.

Bobby testified during the trial about how he accepted golf trips and golf equipment from Williams. He also testified that he thought of Williams as a business mentor. Bobby is now in business school at Duke University. Sean is doing post-graduate work at Vanderbilt.

After the McDonnells’ defense rested, the former governor walked outside arm-in-arm with his son Sean on his left and Bobby on his right. “I’ve done the best I can to keep a high standard not just in office,” Bob McDonnell said “If I didn’t, then I don’t think I would have five great kids.”

The next week McDonnell was found guilty of 11 counts of corruption. As they left the courthouse after the conviction, 10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox mentioned to the brothers how tough it must have been to see their father going through the legal troubles.

Bobby answered: “We love him, and we believe in him. And we are going to support him.”

Sean said, “We are proud to have him as our dad.”

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