A Sterling man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges resulting from a 2017 drunken driving crash that took the life of a 22-year-old passenger.
Andre M. Glenn, 27, faces up to 10 years in prison on the DUI manslaughter charge when he is sentenced Oct. 19. He also pleaded guilty to DUI and driving on a suspended license.
The guilty plea was presented to Circuit Court Judge Janette Irby just before the scheduled start of a three-day trial in the case.
The crash happened just after 2 a.m. Feb. 21 on Rt. 28 near Dulles Airport.
According to investigators, Glenn was driving a Jeep Wrangler northbound with three passengers. The group had left The Bungalow in Chantilly after last call at the bar. The jeep hit a jersey barrier, with the crash ejecting two female passengers.
No testimony was provided during the Circuit Court proceedings, but at preliminary hearing in District Court last year, one of the passengers said she was nervous about Glenn’s driving after leaving the bar and even texted a friend about her concerns. She soon fell asleep, but woke up after the crash—in time to see her friend, Gabrielle M. Perry, 22, try to get up off the pavement when another car hit her. That car did not stop, she said. Perry died at the scene.
Also during the preliminary hearing, Deputy S.D. Allen said Glenn registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.14 when tested at the Adult Detention Center more than an hour after the crash. The legal limit in Virginia is 0.08.
Until Tuesday, Glenn had been on supervised release after posting a $150,000 bond. Judge Irby revoked that bond and he was taken to the Adult Detention Center immediately following the hearing.
Although the homicide charge carries the potential for a long prison sentence, the state’s sentencing guidelines—which score the defendant’s prior criminal history and the severity of the crimes—are expected to recommend Glenn be sentenced to about a year in jail. However, the judge may impose a sentence above or below those guidelines when the case returns to court in October.