Elkin man sent to prison for 2011 habitual DWI charge and other results from Surry County Superior Court

By Terri Flagg - tflagg@civitasmedia.com

DOBSON — An Elkin man was sentenced Tuesday to a 13- to 16-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to habitual driving while impaired in an administrative session of Surry County Superior Court.

Worney Jay Wiles, 53, of Ernest Brindle Road, was taken into custody immediately following the hearing.

Through an arrangement with the district attorney’s office, Wiles also pleaded guilty to two charges of driving while license revoked.

Two additional driving while license revoked charges were dismissed and the sentence was mitigated in exchange for the guilty pleas.

Wiles was charged in with habitual driving while impaired in February 2011 after being pulled over during a State Highway Patrol checkpoint on N.C. 268, and a subsequent “intoximeter” test at the station registered his blood alcohol content at 0.15, nearly twice the 0.08 that is by law considered impaired.

Because Wiles had three previous DWI convictions within a 10-year period, he was charged as a habitual offender, a class F felony that carries a mandatory 12-month active sentence.

Speaking on his behalf before sentencing, his attorney Scott Lowry referred to Wiles as a “world-class welder” who had lived in Surry County most of his life.

Lowry informed Senior Resident Superior Court Judge A. Moses Massey that his client had not incurred any criminal charges since 2011 and had been sober for two years.

He argued for two mitigating factors that Wiles had a strong support system in the community and was gainfully employed with a positive employment history, which Massey accepted.

Sentencing for the three guilty pleas was consolidated to the felony charge with credit for time served.

• Brittany Amanda Branson, 26, of Begonia Trail, Mount Airy, was given a 90-day confinement in response to violation stemming from a July probation violation.

Branson was ordered to continue on probation and comply with existing conditions of a 36 month sentence for a February 2014 opium or heroin trafficking conviction.

• Kevin Michael Holt, 30, of Grant Street, Dobson, admitted to two felony out-of-county probation violations.

He was given a 90-day CRV and his probation was extended for 12 months.

Holt was ordered to pay $43 per month on his case or be issued a probation violation or order for arrest with a $10,000 secured bond.

• The probation sentence of Christopher Ryan Mash, 30, of Gardenia Lane, Elkin, came up for a three-year review.

Mash was convicted of trafficking methamphetamine in 2012.

He was ordered to continue on probation under existing conditions which include making minimum payments on his case or be issued an order for arrest with a $20,000 secured bond.

• A probation violation charge against Amanda Cave Toney, 34, of Windy Lane, Dobson, was dismissed because a pending charge triggering the violation was dismissed.

Toney had been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon in October.

The charge was dismissed Nov. 10 when a prosecuting witness failed to appear and the state’s motion to continue was denied.

• Michael Edgar Wright, 36, of Bitting Drive, Mount Airy, admitted to violating the conditions of an 18-month supervised probation sentence for a 2014 felony animal cruelty conviction.

Wright was ordered to serve 72 hours in the Surry County Detention Center instead of community service, a requirement which was stricken.

He was also ordered to pay an additional $90 in attorney’s fees and to begin in December paying $20 per month to his case or be arrested with a $10,000 secured bond.

By Terri Flagg


Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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