Man pleads guilty to child endangerment, DUI charges

WOODSTOCK — A Front Royal man charged with child endangerment and DUI after driving an all-terrain vehicle while intoxicated with his two young children as passengers pleaded guilty to related charges on Wednesday as part of a plea agreement.

James Robert Eury, 44, was arrested on Father’s Day, June 18, after deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Eury had his 1-year-old daughter in his lap and his 4-year old daughter on the back of the ATV, and neither child was wearing a helmet, the criminal complaint stated. The complaint also states that Eury smelled of alcohol and performed poorly on a field sobriety test. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.16, which is twice the legal limit.

In August, Eury was indicted on felony DUI after being previously convicted and driving while being a habitual DUI offender. He was also indicted on two counts of child endangerment. The DUI charge was amended to transporting a child during his third DUI offense — which carries a mandatory six month and five day sentence — to allow Eury the opportunity to enter a Community Corrections Alternative Program, which would not be allowed with the mandatory one-year prison time required with the original sentence.

The agreed upon sentencing in this case calls for Eury to serve 15 months in jail and to enter a the program at the completion of that time, but an evaluation for that program and a pre-sentence investigation had to be ordered before Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp could impose that sentence. A final sentencing hearing in this case has been set for Oct. 25 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.