A Salem driver whose SUV was hit after he cut in front of a tractor-trailer last fall will have to serve 60 days in jail.
Chad Everette Mays, 40, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Roanoke Circuit Court to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to 12 months in custody, with all but two months of that time suspended.
Through Mays’ agreement, prosecutors dropped a related charge of felony DWI maiming, which arose from injuries sustained by his passenger.
Roanoke Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wanda DeWease said in court that shortly after 6 a.m. on Oct. 23, Mays was headed east on Orange Avenue in a Kia Soul when he took a left onto Plantation Road.
There is a yellow light at that turn lane, DeWease said, and Mays failed to yield to an oncoming truck, which hit the Kia on its right side.
Mays’ passenger, Steven Roscoe Barker, 45, of Greenville, was injured. He spent about a month in a coma and was hospitalized until March, DeWease said.
She said Mays was also hurt. Toxicology screenings conducted about an hour after the crash showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.082%, she said. In Virginia, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
Defense attorney Rob Dean said Mays was following a vehicle that had taken the turn successfully, but said the engine of Mays’ Kia “sputtered” and slowed as he tried to cut left in front of the truck.
Mays must also pay a $250 fine, has to complete a VASAP program and will have a suspended driver’s license for 12 months. He will be allowed to serve his sentence on weekends if the jail approves his request.