Commonwealth v. Peter Olin Teneyck; Multiple DUI Offender Kills Man on Bicycle; Draws 2 Years, 90 Days in Prison

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Peter Olin Teneyck, 30 years old, formerly of the 400 block of Hobart Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw for Involuntary Manslaughter and DUI-2nd Offense within 5-10 Years with BAC >.20. Judge Croshaw sentenced Teneyck to serve 10 years and 120 days in prison with 8 years and 30 days suspended leaving 2 years and 90 days to serve. The Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines recommended a sentence between 10 months and 2 years and 11 months.

Teneyck pled guilty on January 7, 2015.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on May 4, 2014, Peter Olin Teneyck was driving a Jeep Wrangler on Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach.  As he approached the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 17th Street, Jim Miller exited a 7-Eleven parking lot on bicycle in an attempt to cross the street.  Teneyck struck Miller, causing injuries that ultimately killed him. 


Virginia Beach police officers investigated the accident and determined Teneyck to be under the influence of alcohol.  Teneyck’s BAC was .25.  Teneyck has two prior DUI convictions: in 2007 in West Virginia and in 2009 in New York.  Because DUI laws in Virginia and New York are not “substantially similar,” Teneyck could not be charged with a 3rd offense DUI.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Vivian F. Henderson and Brian M. Latuga.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.