FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Several weeks after being arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, a Franklin County deputy was sentenced on Thursday.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy McKenzie Dylan Smith was taken into custody by Rocky Mount police officers during the early morning hours on April 23.
Court records say that Smith was charged with misdemeanor DWI, a first offense, with a blood alcohol content between 0.15% and 0.2%. However, he was reportedly released on his own recognizance ahead of his April 27 arraignment.
Franklin County authorities previously told WFXR News that Smith had been placed on administrative suspension pending an internal investigation.
During his hearing on Thursday, May 12, Smith was sentenced to 30 days for an amended misdemeanor charge of first offense DWI, but all 30 days were suspended, so he will not spend any time in prison, according to court records.
However, officials say Smith is facing ignition interlock restriction, which means he can only drive a vehicle if he passes a breathalyzer test connected to the ignition system. In addition, license has been restricted for 12 months, so he is only allowed to drive under the following conditions:
- Traveling to and from Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) meetings
- Conducting medically necessary travel
- Traveling to and from a place of religious worship
- Traveling to and from a job interview with written proof
- Traveling to and from an ignition interlock facility for monitoring purposes