Gene McKinney spends weekend in jail after guilty plea

Gene McKinney (File Photo)

A former Army sergeant spent a weekend in jail more than a year after police say he struck a person with his car in Crystal City, WTOP reports.

WTOP's Neal Augunstein reports that Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty in the road rage case, but an Arlington circuit court judge suspended all but 10 days of his sentence and gave credit for time served.

Prosecutors say that in late October of 2010, McKinney drove more than 90 miles per hour in the HOV lanes of Interstate-95 after picking up two slug passengers in Occoquan. The passengers had asked to be let out in Crystal City.

After dropping them off on Eads Street, McKinney's Mercedes struck one of the passengers, who had threatened to file a police report over the aggressive driving.

McKinney was originally charged with felony malicious wounding, but the charges were lessened to disorderly conduct as part of the plea deal.


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