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Petersburg Police Officer John I. Dixon IV pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated Tuesday, more than four months after Henrico officers said he could have put lives in danger near Short Pump Town Center.
Dixon, 31, will spend five days in jail. A judge sentenced him to six months behind bars, but five months and 25 days will be suspended.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Henrico Police, on Jan. 26, Dixon wove in and out of a lane on West Broad Street five times, nearly colliding with another car.
The Petersburg police officer failed all standard field sobriety tests and refused a breath test.
The complaint states Dixon drove with plates that expired January 2012. Dixon was off-duty at the time and was driving someone else's car when he was pulled over on the corner of West Broad Street and John Rolfe Parkway, according to police.
There was also an adult passenger in the car who was neither arrested nor charged.
Dixon's license is suspended for one year, and the Petersburg Police officer now faces a $531 fine. Although Dixon pleaded guilty, he appealed the decision from Henrico District Court to Henrico Circuit Court.
According to Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Steve Mutnick, if Dixon drops his appeal before his next court appearance in July, charges of refusing a breath and blood test will also be dropped. The case will then conclude.
Dixon's appeal date is expected to be the second week of July.
Petersburg Police Chief John I. Dixon III had no comment regarding the arrest. In a January written statement, City Manager William E. Johnson said, "I am aware of the situation regarding police officer Dixon. This is a personnel matter."
The arrest of Chief Dixon's son led several Petersburg residents to ask how the Chief's son could be employed in the same city department without a conflict of interest.
According to Petersburg's Personnel Policy Manual, "employment of members of the family in the same department or division where the relationship could create conflicts, difficulties or supervisor–subordinate relationship is prohibited."
City Attorney Brian K. Telfair said it is city policy to not discuss personnel matters publicly.
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