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Manassas man gets 28 months in prison

A Manassas man who was intoxicated last year when he drove over two medians, urinated in front of several strangers and demanded a cellphone and a GPS from a newspaper delivery man was ordered Monday to serve two years and four months in prison.

Jonathan Ruben Cruz, 28, was previously convicted of driving while intoxicated (third offense), driving while revoked for DUI, and assault and battery. There was a mandatory minimum of 18 months on the charges Cruz pleaded guilty to, and Judge Michael Levy added 10 months to that in Stafford County Circuit Court.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutor George Elsasser, a man was delivering newspapers to carriers early Aug. 11 when a car crossed the median on U.S. 17, drove over a curb and entered the lot at the Hartwood Grocery.

Cruz got out of the car and confronted the delivery man, demanding his cellphone and GPS. The man refused to hand them over, and Cruz threw a beer can at him.

He then urinated in front of several witnesses before driving back over the curb and onto U.S. 17 (Warrenton Road).

Sgt. Rebecca Losiewski responded to a call about the drunken driver and got behind him farther south on Warrenton Road. Elsasser said Cruz was weaving in and out of his lane before making a U-turn in an apparent attempt to elude Losiewski.

He drove over a median again before finally pulling off the road and being taken into custody.

In court records, Elsasser said, Cruz admitted drinking a lot that night before coming to Stafford to see a friend. He told an investigator that he didn’t think there was “anything wrong really” with drinking and driving.

Defense attorney Brenda Mallinak asked Levy to give Cruz just the mandatory 18 months, while Elsasser said he deserved more time because he remains a danger to the community.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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