Chesterfield educator guilty of DUI, hit & run - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Chesterfield educator guilty of DUI, hit & run

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A former Chesterfield school administrator gets jail time and loses his job for a pair of crimes that happened late last year. Paul Vandemortel was found guilty today of DUI and hit and run.

According to Chesterfield County public school records, the Matoaca High School Dean was let go February 22.  Paul Vandemortel's attorney says it's because of media coverage stemming from crimes that happened on West Grace Street back in December. 

One Saturday night late last year a car plowed into a group of vehicles, and then took off. This wrecked SUV belonged to Janet Bachelder who described the crime to us in December. 

"He floored the gas and it hit my car right into the car in front of mine," she said. 

This morning, she shared the same story with a Richmond judge who determined Paul Vandemortel at fault. Another neighbor testified that he watched Vandemortel's car drive away as it scrapped the pavement on West Grace. 

Two Richmond police officers testified. They found a dented sports car belonging to the former Matoaca High School Dean outside his home on Monument Avenue. 

For 10 minutes police knocked on his door. Once Vandemortel let police in, police say they gave him three sobriety tests and police say he didn't pass any of them. 

At first, police say Vandemortel denied the crash, but later confessed. He admitted to drinking four to five rum and cokes at a bar on East Grace before getting behind the wheel. The 44-year-old man, with one prior DUI, was cuffed then released on bond. 

In December, a Chesterfield school spokesman said misdemeanor charges don't warrant job termination. But the 10-year employee was let go last month...though we don't know why. Vandemortel's attorney says it's because of the negative media attention. 

Paul Vandemortel will be back in Richmond court in May for his appeal. Paul Vandemortel was sentenced to pay nearly $1,000 in fines and spend 45 days in jail. 

A judge suspended his driver's license for three years. That sentence is on hold pending the outcome of his appeal. 

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Milder weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Milder weekend

    Saturday, December 16 2017 5:15 AM EST2017-12-16 10:15:05 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>
  • AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

    AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

    Thursday, December 14 2017 12:24 AM EST2017-12-14 05:24:37 GMT
    Saturday, December 16 2017 1:46 AM EST2017-12-16 06:46:48 GMT

    "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block.

    More >>

    "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block.

    More >>
  • Friend says story of woman mauled to death by own dogs doesn't add up

    Friend says story of woman mauled to death by own dogs doesn't add up

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:47 PM EST2017-12-16 04:47:23 GMT
    Bethany Lynn Stephens was found dead late Thursday. (Source: Facebook)Bethany Lynn Stephens was found dead late Thursday. (Source: Facebook)

    A woman who was found dead in a wooded area was mauled to death by her two dogs, according to the Goochland Sheriff's Office

    More >>

    A woman who was found dead in a wooded area was mauled to death by her two dogs, according to the Goochland Sheriff's Office

    More >>
Powered by Frankly