Court Sentences Justin Connor for High-Speed Chase and Animal Cruelty Convictions in Loudoun County

On May 23, 2024, Justin Connor appeared before the Loudoun County Circuit Court, where he was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for multiple felonies, including eluding police, driving while intoxicated resulting in serious injury, driving without a license, falsely identifying himself to law enforcement, reckless endangerment, inadequate animal care, and cruelty to animals. The Honorable Judge Matthew P. Snow presided over the sentencing.

The charges stem from an incident on July 22, 2023, when Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an unconscious man in a pickup truck at a gas pump in Sterling around 11:15 a.m. Deputies found Connor and a female passenger unconscious in the truck, with a dog in the backseat. When deputies attempted to wake them and asked Connor to lower the windows, he instead fled in the vehicle, nearly hitting the deputies.

Connor led the deputies on a high-speed chase down Sterling Boulevard, refusing to stop despite multiple cruisers in pursuit. He eventually crossed into oncoming traffic, colliding with several vehicles and overturning his truck. The crash severely injured his female passenger and ejected the dog from the vehicle.

A Loudoun County jury found Connor guilty on seven charges on February 14, 2024, and his sentencing was scheduled for May 23, 2024.

During the sentencing hearing, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Jordan Ferbrache and Patrick Stewart emphasized Connor’s disregard for the lives of others and his lack of remorse. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Anderson expressed gratitude to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office for their handling of the dangerous encounter.

“We are grateful to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism in bringing this dangerous encounter with Connor to a swift and just end,” said Anderson.

 

 

 

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