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Six Loudoun residents arrested for drunken driving over the weekend

At least six Loudoun County residents were arrested over the weekend in apparent drunken driving incidents, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, a deputy observed a vehicle stopped in the travel lane without its headlights on near Route 7 and North Sterling Boulevard in Sterling. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was involved in a hit and run, according to the sheriff's office. The driver was identified as Hermen A. Bonilla-Franco, 27, of Sterling, and he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, felony hit and run, and driving without a license. He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

On Sunday in Sterling, around 8 p.m. near Dulany Court and Redlin Circle, a deputy observed the driver of a vehicle squealing their tires. The driver was identified as Marcelino MondragonGarcia, 25, of Sterling. MondragonGarcia was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving without a license. He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

Nearly two hours later in Sterling, near Algonkian Parkway and CountrySide Parkway, LCSO responded for a driver that was attempting to get his vehicle out of a ditch. Deputies made contact with the driver and identified him as Earnest W. Gibson, 60, of Sterling. Gibson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center pending a bond review when he is sober.

In Ashburn around 12:07 a.m. Saturday, the sheriff's office responded near the intersection of Route 7 and Belmont Ridge for a vehicle that struck a construction cone and flipped on its side. The driver was identified as Leighanne M. Greenberg, 30, of Sterling. Greenberg was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. She was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

In One Loudoun early Saturday, LCSO deputies were made aware of a vehicle that nearly involved in a crash in the area. As deputies attempted to make contact with the driver of the vehicle, the driver continued driving toward the deputies. The driver than accelerated quickly and the deputy had to move away to not be struck. The driver stopped the vehicle and attempted to park and deputies made contact with him again. The driver was identified as Victor O. Solorzano, 43, of Sterling. Solorzano was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (his second in five years). He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a secured bond.

In Aldie around 3:30 a.m. Monday, in the 25000 block of Letchworth Terrace, the sheriff's office responded to this location in reference to a couple arguing. Deputies made contact with both parties on scene. During the course of their investigation deputies identified a male as Justin Celentano, 37, of Aldie. Celentano was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving on a suspended license and he was served with an out-of-county warrant. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center pending a bond review when he is sober.

All information in this report is according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.


@more cowbell—where did I suggest it was “ok” to drink & drive? If anything, I’d like to see harsher penalties for DUI, and harsher penalties for suspended/no license.

But the attitude of “should they be released to try it again”—ummmmmmmmmm, yes, they should. They should be released. And if they violate again, they should face additional & increased penalties.

Our system allows thieves, rapists, and murderers to walk free (until their day in court)—but DUI suspects should be held forever? Silly.

Everett, so with your analogy, what if someone has a distracted driving accident because of texting, do we go after the cell phone manufacturer?  Ban cell phones?  If they drink at home and then drive?  Do we ban alcohol altogether?  Prohibition did not go so well if I recall.

Isn’t the bartender the only person Not Impaired at a the bar?  I think the ABC board restricts the bartender from drinking for that reason. On the customer side of the bar you have people celebrating, depressed and having a good time. They all become more impaired at some level to make correct decisions with each drink. Assuming someone drunk should be able to make a reasonable decision about driving is a fairytale!

Personally I think if they were driving without a valid drivers license they should impound their cars. After all they would have to go through to get it back it would make them think twice about doing it again.

Yes I am being serious. It seems everyone here is pro-business which is fine but to put innocent people lives in danger is reckless behavior by the establishments that serve alcohol. Just so(fill in the blank restaurant) can earn their 400% mark up on alcohol we should put peoples lives at risk?

If we cannot go after these businesses and hold them accountable THEN MY SOLUTION is have a federal (not state) mandate that every car needs to have a breathalyzer and if you blow over .08 then the car does not start. There should also be a federal mandate if you get ONE DUI then they should make your license plate pink or some other bright color to let people know so your an offender and will cause at least me to stay away from them while driving.

Everett, really?  Do you seriously place blame on the one or two idiots that go to an establishment, drink too much, then decide to drive?  These places typically serve hundreds of patrons over the course of an afternoon or evening.  There are times when they over-serve and in that situation, yes, they are being reckless and should cut someone off.  More often than not, they are not babysitters.  I am responsible for my behavior and what I consume.  Only I know my limit and when I should stop in order to drive.  I am NOT going to place that liability or responsibility on anyone other than myself.  Why would I?  That is a lazy person’s excuse for being irresponsible. You are assigning blame and a lot of misguided accountability to establishments that are within their right to serve alcohol, to now carry the burden of “monitoring its patrons” due to this handful of (sorry to use this word again, but the other ones won’t pass the screening) ignorant idiots (double negative) that decided to drive while intoxicated.  So your great idea is to blame ALL of the places they went (none the same I am sure and some were homes????).  I just do not not get it.  The common denominator here is the PEOPLE and not the places.  Let’s deal with them.  They need the help!

Everett - So both the business owner and me the responsible consumer have to be put out because someone cannot control himself.  That seems to be the same logic that is applied to rape victims when they are blame for what they are wearing.  It also applies to banning books with violence in it because someone may not be able to control themselves and commit a similar act.

@scatterbrain, why even bother to pick up DUI/DWIs? Maybe the police should just drive them home.. And 2 had no license so I’m sure they were back on the road the next day(and 1 was suspended). so ok to drink and drive?

So typical for this area. Let’s blame EVERYONE and EVERY business under the sun for serving alcohol to these people instead of having the individuals take personal accountability for their actions. Push the blame off to someone else other than these people who are all grown ass adults that are fully capable of making their own decisions. Guess the dui offenders are all victims here.

I do blame the business and whatever person/board approved the licenses for liquor to almost every type of business under the sun. If you make it harder to get the alcohol, people will be less inclined to consume it. If it is in your face everywhere most people cannot resist temptation and will over drink and put INNOCENT people lives at danger if they decide to drink.

If I go to the movies and there is a beer tap I may have 1-2 and go home. Although there are some who have no self control and will have 6 and drive home. If the movies did not serve the alcohol it cuts the problem off at the source…It would take a serious alcoholic to sneak beer/liquor into the movies.

My thinking is go to the root cause of all this—-the supply which is abundant/everywhere/low cost.

Everett also forgot to mention Salons, individual parties, Top Golf, etc.

Had Enough, what exactly do you suggest? No bail for DUI suspects, until the trial?  And then lifetime sentence if found guilty?

A little off topic:  I find it incredibly hard to get an Uber around Leesburg.  I try to use them to the airport and only got a response one time.  The driver told me the incentives are so high for drivers to go to D.C. that even locals go there to take rides.

These people are all adults and decided to drive under the influence.  That puts all of us in danger.  My other big concern is the fact that some were released on personal recognizance bond. ?? If they aren’t smart enough to not drink and drive should they be released to try it again? 

Everett left off golf courses serving alcohol. Why is bail so low to allow them out so easy after DUI/DWI? And 2 had no license and 1 was suspended license.

How hard is it to call an Uber these days? Blame the people NOT the establishments…....

Wait, they’re serving beer @ bowling alleys? What next, pool halls?

Everett - Why in the world would you blame the business that serves alcohol for the actions of the drivers? How about some self control on the part of the consumer.

Apparently, Everett doesn’t trust adults with making decisions about alcohol consumption at various places, so he need’s to go all Carrie Nation on us.

keep hosting more wine tasting events at the vineyards, keep serving alcohol at every place imaginable for example movie theaters and bowling alleys. This is a revenue generator. Alcohol sales increase at these venues, people drive and get DUI and get tickets, fines, attorney fees all which translate to revenues for attonrey’s and the county.

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