WOODSTOCK – Strasburg Mayor Richard Orndorff Jr. made his first court appearance Tuesday on charges related to a crash that left him with multiple injuries earlier this year.
Orndorff, 55, has been charged with driving under the influence, a second offense within five years of a previous conviction on the same violation, and driving an all-terrain vehicle on a public highway. Both charges are misdemeanor offenses.
During the hearing, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Amanda Drumheller Strecky on Tuesday asked Shenandoah County General District Court Judge Amy Tisinger for more time to do a status review of Orndorff’s case. Orndorff did not speak during the hearing.
Strecky said she wanted to talk with Orndorff’s attorney, Phillip Griffin, about the case and how it would proceed. She noted that various reports have come in, including toxicology reports, and said there are also “a number of” people they could subpoena.
Tisinger approved the request and scheduled another court date for 2:15 p.m. Nov. 19.
Strecky said after the hearing that the status review request was not unusual. She declined to comment on whether a plea agreement was possible.
Griffin said in a written statement later in the day that he wants to “begin negotiations with the state to resolve this case for Rich, in addition to preparing a defense if the matter eventually goes to trial.”
Griffin described his client as “in good spirits after his accident” and grateful to “all the wonderful folks in Strasburg for their support of him and his family.”
Orndorff is accused of crashing an all-terrain vehicle into the Strasburg Community Library during the first evening of Strasburg’s Mayfest. He was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was released from the hospital two months after the crash. State police charged him after his release from the hospital.
Records show Orndorff had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 the night of the crash. The legal limit is 0.08.
Orndorff has previously said he sustained multiple injuries as a result of the crash, including a broken back, and that he had reconstructive surgery on his face, jaw and left eye as well as emergency surgery when his trachea ruptured.
Orndorff pleaded guilty in 2015 to driving under the influence, according to court records. He paid a $250 fine.