Jayson Werth Serves 5 Days in Jail After Pleading Guilty to Reckless Driving
Washington Nationals star Jayson Werth spent five days in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of reckless driving for an incident over the summer.
Tom Schad of The Washington Times reported Werth fulfilled his sentence and provided additional details:
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has completed a five-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge late last month.
He was released from Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on Sunday.
Werth began serving his sentence Jan. 30, one day after signing a plea agreement in Fairfax County Circuit Court that cut his original 10-day jail sentence in half. The 35-year-old was allowed to serve his sentence on the weekends in order to rehabilitate his surgically-repaired right shoulder during the week.
Justin Jouvenal of The Washington Post first reported Werth 's sentence on Jan. 29:
BREAKING: Nats' Jayson Werth to serve 5 days in jail after pleading guilty to recklessly driving Porsche on 495. pic.twitter.com/2R2f2eV25X
— justin jouvenal (@jjouvenal) January 29, 2015
Jouvenal later shared more details on Werth 's sentence and comments from
the player's attorney:
Werth. who attended Thursday's hearing, will serve his sentence on weekends so he can continue rehabilitation following shoulder surgery during the week and training for the upcoming season. Circuit Court Judge Randy L. Bellows said such latitude was unusual for someone caught driving more than 100 mph on the Beltway but ultimately agreed to it.
"He is very involved in community," Werth 's attorney, Michael Pritchard. told the judge. "This was an aberration."
Werth was originally sentenced to 10 days in prison, a 170-day suspended sentence and the loss of his driver's license in December, per Pete Kerzel of MASN Sports. Werth was sentenced after being pulled over for driving 105 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 495 in Fairfax County, Virginia, in July.
However, following the plea deal, Werth 's license will only be suspended for 30 days, per Jouvenal.
It remains unclear whether the Nationals will take any disciplinary action against Werth. The outfielder was a vital member of the National League East-winning Nats last season, hitting .292 with 16 home runs, 82 RBI and 85 runs scored.Source: m.bleacherreport.com