Man tests positive for alcohol at court hearing

WOODSTOCK – A judge revoked a Shenandoah County man’s bond Wednesday for testing positive for alcohol in court.

A grand jury indicted Kevin Lee Robinson in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on a felony count of driving after having been declared a habitual offender and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, a first offense, in which the blood alcohol content registered greater than 0.2 percent.

Robinson, 53, of 28999 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg, appeared with his attorney, Peter McDermott, after the grand jury handed down indictments.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp said it appeared that Robinson had violated a condition of his bond that he not drink alcohol. Hupp said he would revoke Robinson’s bond in lieu of finding the defendant in contempt of court, a new charge.

“I think we need to have him sober before we can proceed,” Hupp said.

Hupp scheduled Robinson’s next court appearance for July 3.

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Deputy B.K. Dodson arrested Robinson on Feb. 22 and charged him with the two offenses. A criminal complaint filed in the case states that the deputy stopped Robinson for traveling 64 mph in a 55 mph zone. The deputy identified Robinson as a habitual offender, the complaint states.

“The accused appeared having red, bloodshot, glassy eyes and had the odor of alcohol emitting from his persons,” the complaint states. “Accused exited the vehicle, using the car for slight balance.”

Robinson submitted to a field sobriety test and completed only eight of the nine steps. The deputy states that Robinson said he could not complete the one-leg stand as a result of a previous hip injury. Robinson refused to submit to a preliminary breath test. A subsequent test showed Robinson had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent.

A magistrate ordered Robinson held without bail at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after his arrest. A few days later, at a hearing in Shenandoah County General District Court, Judge Amy Tisinger granted Robinson’s release on a $2,500 secured bond on the condition he refrain from possessing firearms, using alcohol or illegal drugs and from driving any vehicle until properly licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles.