New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 24, 2024

Glen Allen man traveling 175 miles-per-hour in New Kent slammed with one year jail term

By Andre Jones | January 30, 2024 10:01 am

A Glen Allen man who went three times over the posted speed limit while trying to outrun law enforcement officers will spend the next year in jail.

Trevor Lee Tutwiler, 31, of the 10000 block of Gregory Avenue, Glen Allen, entered a guilty plea to a single charge of felony eluding as part of a plea agreement reached Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court.

In a summary of evidence provided by New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Renick, on June 11, 2023, a Virginia State Police officer was traveling eastbound on Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) in the area of Providence Forge when a white sports bike traveling westbound was clocked traveling at 90 miles per hour in a posted 45 miles per hour zone. The trooper made a U-turn and began to accelerate to try to catch up with the vehicle. When the officer was able to catch the motorcycle, the vehicle was clocked at 132 miles per hour in a posted 55 miles per hour zone. The officer was able to get in front of the bike and attempted to signal it to pull over. The operator of the motorcycle slowed down to 100 miles per hour before it bolted through the intersection of Pocahontas Trail and Emmaus Church Road (Route 106), running a red light and reaccelerating to speeds at 170 miles per hour in a posted 55 miles per hour zone. At the intersection of Pocahontas Trail and New Kent Highway (Route 249) the motorcycle attempted to pass another vehicle, but it ended up running into the median over the grass plain and struck a vehicle in the opposite lane. The motorcycle operator, identified as Tutwiler, was able to stumble to his feet before he surrendered to authorities.

Under the agreement, Tutwiler received a five-year sentence with four years suspended (one year to serve).

In other circuit court proceedings:

–William Robert Foote, 35, of the 6300 block of Lakeway Drive, Mechanicsville, entered a guilty plea to a single count of delivering drugs to a prison as part of an agreement.

In a summary of evidence, on Aug. 9, 2023, Foote was taken into custody by a New Kent deputy and transported to Henrico Jail East, which is in the county. After Foote was searched and found that he had nothing on him, the deputy noticed a gray small square fall out of the defendant’s mouth while he was in the booking area. The deputy questioned Foote what the item was. The defendant said that it was his prescribed medication wrapped in tape and he didn’t want it to dissolve in his mouth. But a subsequent test determined it to be several illegal substances wrapped inside of the tape.

Under the agreement, Foote received a five-year prison sentence with four years, eight months suspended (four months to serve).

–Darius DeAndre Harris, 29, of 36 N. Union Street, Petersburg, had a single charge of distribution of a Schedule I/II drug dropped.

–Kelly Michael Kaplan, 45, of the 4900 block of Old Brook Road, Richmond, received formal sentencing on one charge each of possession of a gun by a nonviolent felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

During a Sept. 25, 2023 trial, Kaplan admitted that on Apr. 6, 2023 that he had a flare gun in his vehicle with ammunition after he was stopped for having expired stickers. A background search on Kaplan discovered that he was a convicted felon and that he was not allowed to possess a gun or ammunition.

Kaplan received a five-year sentence with four years suspended (one year to serve) on the possession of a gun by a nonviolent felon conviction. All five years on the possession of ammunition by a convicted felon were suspended.

–Kevin Thomas Weisert, 36, of the 2400 block of West Main Street, entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a Schedule I/II drug and felony failure-to-appear as part of a plea deal.

In a summary of evidence, on Feb. 1, 2023, Virginia State Police responded to the 7-Eleven on Eltham Road where a car had been sitting at the gas pump for a long time. When police walked over to the vehicle, the passenger, identified as Weisert, was questioned about the encounter. The defendant consented to the search where a lighter that is commonly used for drugs was located. Weisert said that there was methamphetamine in the rear cup holder and the officers were able to obtain a white baggie from the location.

Under the agreement, Weisert received a 10-year sentence with all but six months suspended. All five years on the failure-to-appear for an earlier case was suspended, but he must pay $1,000 in total fines.