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Halifax councilman ordered to pay fine, court costs for DWI conviction

Halifax General District Court Judge Charles Warren of Mecklenburg County ordered no jail time for Halifax Town Councilman Phillip J. Hammond Jr. Monday during disposition of his case regarding a misdemeanor first offense of DWI, according to court records. 

Warren sentenced Hammond to a 12-month suspended jail term and ordered him placed on probation for 12 months.

The court additionally ordered Hammond to pay a $250 fine, perform 50 hours of community service supervised by VASAP and suspended his operator’s license for 12 months. 

Hammond pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor first offense charge of driving while intoxicated.

A second misdemeanor charge against Hammond for refusing a blood/breath test was nol prossed by the commonwealth during the trial.

Hammond was charged with misdemeanor DWI following a Nov. 7 wreck in the Town of Halifax.

Halifax Police Corporal S. M. Comer reported the single-vehicle wreck involving the 55-year-old Hammond occurred at 11:26 p.m. in front of the Wilco-Hess convenience store.

According to Comer, Hammond’s 2001 Audi four-door was traveling south on South Main Street when it crossed into the northbound lane of traffic, then onto a sidewalk where it struck a utility pole.

Hammond was transported to Halifax Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the wreck, according to Comer, who estimated damage to Hammond’s vehicle at $2,500 and $100 damage to the utility pole struck by Hammond’s vehicle.