Virginia House Delegate from Hampton Roads gets licence suspended after DWI charge

Delegate Mattew James

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Virginia House Delegate from Hampton Roads, Matthew James, was arrested for Reckless Driving and Driving While Intoxicated.

According to the Portsmouth Police Department, Del. James was arrested on September 22 for the DWI incident.

Del. James was in Portsmouth General District Court on Monday where he was sentenced with one year suspended license.

“I sincerely apologize for my actions and look forward to restoring all negative impacts on my family, friends, constituents as well as colleagues related to this one-time incident,” said Del. James through a statement from his office. “Lastly, I ask you to keep us in your prayers and respect our privacy throughout this difficult time.”

Del. James, who is affiliated with the Democratic Party, has served as a Delegate for Virginia’s 80th District since 2010. Del. James’ district includes parts of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk.

Del. James serves on Virginia’s House Appropriations Committee.

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