Strasburg Mayor Richard A. “Rich” Orndorff Jr. chats after Tuesday’s council meeting. Orndorff attended his first council meeting after authorities accused him of driving under the influence when he crashed a vehicle into the town’s library in mid-May during Mayfest.

WOODSTOCK — The trial for Strasburg's former mayor accused of driving under the influence and misusing town funds was delayed Tuesday.

Richard Orndorff, 56, of Strasburg, is due back in Shenandoah County General District Court at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 17.

The continuance was sought as a joint motion between Orndorff's attorney, Ryan Nuzzo, and the Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Both sides are awaiting information from a third party, Nuzzo told Judge Amy Tisinger, who accepted the motion.

Nuzzo declined to tell The Northern Virginia Daily after the hearing what the information is, but said it could impact possible future motions. He also declined to say if the case will be resolved with a plea deal.

Orndorff is charged with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level between .15 and .20 twice within a five-year period. He is also charged on four counts of unauthorized use of welfare funds and two counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.

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