A habitual drunk driver from Leesburg was sentenced on Oct. 11 to two years of active time.
Robert Lee Chapman, 53, was sentenced to two years of active time in the Virginia Department of Corrections, with an additional four years of suspended time, for his role in a Nov. 2012 crash.
On Nov. 12, 2012, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office responded to a rear-end collision on Evergreen Mills Road. At the scene, Chapman smelled of alcohol and had reddened eyes; later tests confirmed he had a blood alcohol level of .13. Chapman admitted to drinking four 16-ounce beers over the previous four and a half hours.
Chapman, who was declared a habitual offender after having six previous DUIs, pleaded guilty June 18 to driving under the influence. He also pleaded guilty to felony driving after being declared a habitual offender.
In addition to his six DUIs, Chapman's 35 year criminal history includes convictions for assault, drug possession, theft, escape by a prisoner and four charges of driving after being declared a habitual offender.
Circuit Court judge Alfred Swersky, who sentenced Chapman, warned the defendant that "the next time, [Chapman] will get a full active sentence."