In Villareal v. Commonwealth, No. 0764-13-2 (2013), an off-duty police officer was hired to perform security outside of a restaurant that was part of an outdoor strip mall. He unfortunately got to witness firsthand an intoxicated woman back her car right into his parked car in the mall’s parking lot. He promptly arrested her and she was thereafter charged with driving under the influence (4th offense) and driving on a license suspended due to multiple prior convictions for driving under the influence.
The criminal defendant moved the trial court to dismiss her charge of driving on a suspended license under Va. Code § 46.2-391 on the ground that she was not seen driving on a “highway.” The trial court overruled her motion and convicted her of driving on a suspended license. She accordingly appealed. Continue reading