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Halifax Town Council member pleads guilty to charge

Halifax Town Councilman Phillip J. Hammond Jr. pleaded guilty Monday in Halifax County General District Court 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 held before Judge Charles Warren of Mecklenburg County, according to court records.

Disposition of the case was continued to June 25.

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.