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Hansel v. Commonwealth
Defendant sought review of the judgment of the Circuit Court of the City of York (Virginia), which convicted him of improper driving as proscribed by Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-869. Defendant contended that the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction.
- Whether the evidence was sufficient to prove Defendant guilty of improper driving as proscribed by Code § 46.2-869?
A police officer noticed two cars accelerating on a city street side by side. While he was not certain of the cars’ actual speeds, the officer believed that both cars were traveling in excess of the 35 miles per hour speed limit. The officer eventually pulled the cars over and issued a citation to defendant for racing. Defendant was convicted of improper driving. On appeal, the court held that the evidence proved, beyond a reasonable doubt, that defendant engaged in improper driving. The officer’s testimony of the manner in which the cars quickly accelerated from the traffic light where they had been stopped and the evidence of defendant’s admission that he was just “playing around” while he was accelerating and driving beside the other car were sufficient to prove that the manner and circumstances of defendant’s driving conduct was unsafe. The court affirmed the judgment of the trial court
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