Newport News detective found guilty of reckless driving

Justin Briggs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News detective was found guilty of reckless driving in court on Thursday.

Officers stopped Justin Briggs on Ridgeview Drive last summer.

Police said Briggs — who was off-duty at the time — was driving impaired with a child in the car. The child was a family member, according to police. 

On Thursday, Briggs was sentenced to six months behind bars, with all six months suspended.

Briggs also received one year of year of unsupervised probation and a six-month license suspension. 

Under the suspended license, Briggs will only be able to drive to and from work, and drive for work, “medically necessary travel,” and to and from a court-ordered facility.

After his arrest, he was put on administrative leave without pay. Newport News police have confirmed he is still with the department.

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