A California man who permanently disabled a Stafford man while driving drunk in the county in 2017 was ordered Tuesday to serve a year in jail.
Zayne Michael Dishion, 25, of Bishop, Calif., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hit and run and DUI in Stafford Circuit Court. He was sentenced to a total of 24 months in jail, with 12 months suspended.
Because defendants generally only serve half of their misdemeanor time, Dishion will be eligible for release in six months.
A felony charge of DUI-maiming is still pending, but will be dismissed if Dishion finishes paying the $100,000 he owes the victim by 2026. Dishion paid $25,000 Tuesday and was ordered to pay at least $1,000 a month until the debt is paid in full.
According to the evidence, Michael DeRose was traveling south on U.S. 1 early April 15, 2017, when a truck driven by Dishion pulled directly into his path. DeRose had been spending time with friends and was in the midst of what should have been a five-minute ride to his home.
DeRose, an appliance repair technician at the time, has had multiple surgeries as the result of the incident and is permanently disabled, Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen said.
Dishion, who had a blood-alcohol content of .14, was in the area on business and had been out drinking at a Stafford bar that night. He missed the turn to his motel and was turning back to go a short distance north when he pulled directly into DeRose’s path.
Dishion left the scene of the accident, but a witness got a description of a truck seen leaving the scene. Deputies were on hand when Dishion and his passenger were walking toward the motel, and he immediately admitted to his role in the crash.
He began serving his time in the Rappahannock Regional Jail on Tuesday. He was represented by attorney Peter Greenspun.
It was the second time in less than a week in which a drunken driver in Stafford got time for a collision that left the victim seriously injured.
Marco Antonio Ramirez, 22, of Spotsylvania, was ordered Thursday to serve four years in prison for crashing head-on into another vehicle while driving on U.S. 1 near the courthouse on May 13 of last year.
Richard R. Spencer and his son were returning from a trip to Kings Dominion when a vehicle driven by Ramirez, who had a blood-alcohol reading of .17, swerved into their lane. Spencer lost his leg as the result of the crash and his son also suffered multiple injuries.
Ramirez pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI-maiming and DUI. A concealed weapon charge was dropped in exchange for his guilty pleas.
The sentence Ramirez received exceeded the recommended state sentencing guidelines, which call for a maximum sentence of two years and eight months in prison.
Attorney Eugene Frost represented Ramirez.