Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was pulled over for reckless driving in Fairfax County early last month. Reported the Washington Post after the charges were announced:
Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was pulled over in early July and charged with reckless driving for going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to a case file on the Fairfax County General District Court Web site.
Yes, you read that correctly: Werth was cited for going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone.
Under Virginia, it is a Class 1 Misdemeanor to drive 20 mph in excess of the posted speed limit or in excess of 80 mph at any time. Read more about reckless driving in Roanoke and elsewhere in Virginia.
Will Jayson Werth go to jail for speeding? It’s possible.
Unlike many states, Virginia has tough traffic enforcement laws for speeding. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor that carries a potential penalty of up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.00. The outcome depends on Werth’s driving history, statements to the officer, and other mitigating factors.
An experienced reckless driving attorney may be able to reach an agreement to reduce the charge to a traffic citation. However, every case is different, and until Werth goes to court or speaks with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, it is impossible to predict what might happen.