Authorities accuse Strasburg’s mayor of driving under the influence when he crashed a vehicle into the town's library in mid-May.
Virginia State Police trooper C.S. Peer charged Richard A. “Rich” Orndorff Jr. on Friday with driving under the influence of alcohol on May 17 – a second offense within five years of a previous conviction on the same violation. The trooper also charged Orndorff, 55, of 240 S. Holliday St., Strasburg, with driving an all-terrain vehicle on a public highway. Both charges are classified as misdemeanors.
Peer issued summonses to Orndorff on Friday to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court on Sept. 10.
Orndorff faces jail time if convicted of driving under the influence as a second offense in five years. He was found guilty in the district court on Feb. 2, 2015, of a first offense of driving under the influence. The offense occurred June 4, 2014. Orndorff did not serve jail time for the offense. Virginia code states that anyone convicted of a second offense of driving under the influence within less than five years after the prior offense must serve no less than one month nor more than one year in jail, with 20 days of which is the mandatory minimum. Anyone convicted of such an offense also must pay a fine of at least $500, the code states.
Peer filed the summonses in the court Friday, nearly two months after the crash that sent Orndorff to a Fairfax hospital. Town officials and state police have offered little information about the case or Orndorff’s status since the initial media releases.
Vice Mayor Scott Terndrup, serving as acting mayor in Orndorff’s stead, read a letter to Town Council at its meeting Tuesday in which Orndorff states he had returned home.
Friends posted on Orndorff’s personal Facebook page messages hoping for his recovery and wishes for his birthday, which is Saturday.
The crash occurred the night of May 17 after Strasburg’s annual Mayfest. Peer responded to the crash in which an all-terrain vehicle struck a building, a criminal complaint filed in Shenandoah County General District Court states. A state police media release identified the building struck as the Strasburg Community Library. Peer arrived and a witness told the trooper the driver of the vehicle had been flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, the complaint states.
Witnesses told the trooper that Orndorff was traveling southbound on U.S. 11 when he crossed the center line then ran off the road to the left and struck a building, according to the complaint.
Peer states in the complaint that a search warrant was obtained for Orndorff’s medical records at Inova Fairfax. Records show Orndorff had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17. The legal limit is 0.08.