Case dismissed against Mechanicsville doctor

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A Mechanicsville chiropractor arrested last year for hitting a traffic barricade is breathing a sigh of relief tonight. His case was dismissed.

Construction delays and detours can be frustrating but for Dr. David deBarros, he says it was costing him money. He tried to take matters into his own hands by running over a barricade with his car, but that only created a legal headache.

Construction crews took over Cold Harbor Road back in December to add turn lanes at Lee Davis road. That work has made it tricky to get into deBarros' Chiropractic Clinic.

"It's been hell," deBarros said. "Patients come in and they're complaining, they're really upset."

Today deBarros' case was dismissed after he was arrested for running over a traffic cone last year with his car, frustrated that many of his patients couldn't get to his practice.

"It was fantastic that I was able to beat, I guess you could say, the wrap," he said. "On the other hand, I still don't feel like it was fair."

The case may have been dismissed, but deBarros was hit with a fine.

deBarros had to pay a $65 fine to replace a traffic cone that construction workers say was destroyed when he hit it with his car, but deBarros says that same cone is still in use, and it's sitting right over there.

"The one they say (I hit) is still in use so I don't know why I paid the $65 fine," deBarros said.  "But it's $65 and that's fine with me."

deBarros says the new turn lanes will be nice when the project is done, but for now, construction is hitting him where it hurts - his wallet. His business is down about fifteen percent from last year.

He says he doesn't have any regrets about hitting the traffic cone but he might handle the situation a little differently.

"Would I do it again? I might do it a little more tactfully," deBarros said.

The Hanover County Sheriff's Office didn't just issue deBarros a citation. Deputies arrested him when they say they had to make a second trip to his office because he didn't cooperate with their investigation the first time.

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