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Williamsburg man, who led officers in chases on two separate occasions, pleads guilty in New Kent Circuit Court

By Robb Johnson | December 15, 2020 11:32 am

A Williamsburg man who fled from law enforcement officers on two separate occasions in New Kent County will spend just over a year in jail.

Korey Alexander Gemmiti, 25, of the 100 block of Sharps Road, entered guilty pleas to two counts of felony eluding of police, two counts of misdemeanor DUI (second offense), and one count of destruction of property during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.

In a summary of evidence, on Apr. 7, a vehicle was clocked going approximately 80 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone on Pocahontas Trail in the western part of New Kent County. After the driver, later identified as Gemmiti, failed to stop, the pursuit continued into Henrico County before the defendant was apprehended near the Elon Bridge on Interstate 295.

Just over two months later on June 12, Gemmiti was speeding once against on Pocahontas Trail, this time traveling eastbound where the chase ended into James City County. During the pursuit, the defendant’s vehicle struck and damaged an officer’s vehicle, causing more than $1,000 a damage. After Gemmiti’s arrest in both chases, it was discovered that he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

On the first count of felony eluding of police, Gemmiti received a five-year jail sentence with four years, 40 days suspended (10 months and 20 days to serve), while all five years on the second count were suspended. He will serve the mandatory minimum of 20 days in jail on each of the DUI (second offense) convictions, and all five years on the destruction of property were suspended.

In other circuit court proceedings:

–Kenneth Michael Combellack, 36, of the 3500 block of Ivor Street, Hopewell, entered a guilty plea to one count of count of possession of a Schedule I/II substance.

In a summary of evidence, on May 20 at 1:55 a.m., officers responded to a call for service after it was discovered that a man was sleeping in his vehicle at a 7-Eleven. The officer woke up the defendant who seemed disoriented. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and a small bag of crystal meth was recovered from the vehicle, leading to the defendant’s arrest.

Combellack received a 10-year jail sentence with nine years, nine months suspended (three months to serve.)

–Daniel David English, 33, of the 2200 block of Landing Road, Providence Forge, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor unauthorized possession of drug paraphernalia (originally possession of a Schedule I/II drug) as part of a plea deal.

In a summary of evidence, on May 19, a traffic stop was conducted by a law enforcement officer due to expired registration of a vehicle. The officer approached the driver, now identified as English, and observed a bottle in the vehicle. It was determined that the bottle contained drug paraphernalia and the defendant was arrested.

Under the plea deal, English received a 12-month jail sentence with all time suspended.

–Brady Powell Maines, 36, of the 8400 block of Leroy Place, Fairfax, had one charge of possession of a Schedule I/II substance dismissed after evidence presented cleared him of the charge.

–Michael Payne Morse, 19, of the 7700 block of Poindexter Road, New Kent, entered guilty pleas to misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member and misdemeanor destruction of property as part of a plea deal. One charge each of malicious wounding and obstruction of justice were dropped.

In a summary of evidence, on Apr. 14 around 1:20 a.m., Morse attempted to gain access to a home of a family member through a window after being told to leave. The victim tried to grab a pole that Morse was using, but the victim ended up cutting their arm on the broken glass.

Under the plea agreement, no formal finding was rendered as the defendant has been placed in the First Offender Program and will undergo a mental evaluation. If successful, the charges will be dismissed.

–Maurice Washington Jr., 35, of the 10000 block of Alpine Road, Providence Forge, was sentenced to the First Offender program after receiving formal sentencing.

During a Sept. 28 trial, Washington entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of a Schedule I/II substance. At that trial, evidence presented that on Aug. 3, 2019, the defendant was discovered sleeping inside his vehicle that had shattered glass and bullet holes. The driver, identified as Washington, had a white powdery substance in his nose that was later identified as cocaine through a lab analysis.

If Washington successfully completes the First Offender program, the charge will be dismissed.