A police officer in Virginia Beach, the second one in 2009, was been charged with driving under the influence and hit-and-run on December 26.
According to Chesapeake police spokeswoman Dorienne Boykin, Stephane Prevot was charged after he struck a neighbor’s mailbox on Myrtle Avenue at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Virginia Beach police spokesman Adam Bernstein said Prevot had been an officer for the VBPD since January 2005. He said that an arrest automatically places an officer on administrative duty.
Another Beach police officer, Bryan K. Womble, was arrested in June for DUI and hit-and-run after a crash at the Oceanfront. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Womble was convicted on September 21 and sentence to five days in prison, which he served in November. His license was also suspended for a year and he was ordered to pay fines of $500, attend alcohol safety awareness classes, and use an ignition interlock device for six months.
Womble was a celebrated member of the Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unity, which specializes in stopping impaired driving. He was the officer who arrested retired NFL star Bruce Smith for DUI on May 15.
Womble is no longer a member of the Virginia Beach police.