Former governor’s son found guilty of DUI

FILE - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is swarmed by media as he enters federal court with his son Bobby, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The son of former Gov. Bob McDonnell was found guilty in a Virginia Beach courtroom Friday, of driving under the influence and refusing a breathalyzer.

The judge suspended Robert Ryan “Bobby” McDonnell’s license for a year and fined him $250. He’ll be able to apply for a restricted license for six months with an ignition intrerlock following the license suspension.

An officer pulled over McDonnell III early one morning last December, in the 2500 block of Sandpiper Road in Sandbridge, which is just a couple miles from the McDonnell family’s beach house.

According to Macie Pridgen with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, this is a typical sentence for a first offense DUI with no prior record. Pridgen said an appeal is pending.

The former first family has recently seen its share of legal troubles. Bob and Maureen McDonnell were convicted in September 2014 of doing favors for a former vitamin executive in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. They are both appealing.

And in 2013, Charlottesville police charged Bobby McDonnell’s twin brother Sean with public intoxication at the University of Virginia, where the brothers attended. Sean pleaded guilty.

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