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Smithfield town manager resigns after DWI conviction

Smithfield police said Brian Thrower was driving while intoxicated. Among other things, a judge suspended his license for a year.

SMITHFIELD, Va. — Smithfield was left looking for a new town manager after the person who held the position resigned, days after his conviction for DWI.

Smithfield police officers arrested Brian Thrower on May 17. He faced a charge of Driving While Intoxicated -- 1st Offense.

Thrower was found guilty in September. A judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail, but suspended the time. Thrower's license was suspended for a year, effective October 10, 2019 with these restriction codes in place:

  • License Is Restricted to Use to and from ASAP Meetings
  • License Is Restricted to Use For Medically Necessary Travel
  • Ignition Interlock Restriction
  • Travel to and from Ignition Interlock Facility for Monitoring
  • Transport Minor Child
  • Court Ordered Visitation
  • To and from Job Interview with Written Proof

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Credit: Smithfield Police Department
Brian Thrower

In addition, Thrower had to pay a $250 fine and $209 in costs.

A spokesman for the Town of Smithfield told 13News Now that Thrower resigned, but the person wouldn't confirm that it was related to the Thrower's arrest and conviction.

Thrower was named town manager in June 2018. Prior to serving Smithfield, he worked in Emporia.

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