Former deputy pleads guilty to DWI, gets license restriction and ignition interlock
BOTETOURT Co., Va. (WSET) -- A former Botetourt County deputy sheriff, fired from his position after he was charged with assault and DWI, has pleaded guilty to one of his charges.
Michael Brightwell, 27, of Salem, pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with all of that time suspended.
Brightwell was off-duty at the time.
He was charged with DUI, refusal of blood/breath test, assault and battery, and unlawful stopping of vehicle or blocking access.
A female passenger in Brightwell's car, identified as Amanda Tarter, 28, of Roanoke, was arrested and charged with drunk in public.
After pleading guilty, Brightwell's license is restricted to use to and from work, to and from ASAP meetings, and to use during working hours. He also will have ignition interlock restriction, will have to travel to and from ignition facility for monitoring, and will be allowed to travel to and from job interviews with written proof.
Brightwell was able to reach an out-of-court agreement with the woman he was accused of assaulting, and she supported a successful motion for the assault charge to be dismissed, according to his lawyer.