Commonwealth v. Robert Ryan Pirzad; Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Multiple DUIs, Accident that Left Friend Permanently Injured

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

​Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Robert Ryan Pirzad, 25 years old, who previously resided in the 2100 block of Dory Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw for charges of DUI – Victim Permanently Impaired, DUI-2nd Offense, Refusal- 2nd Offense, Suspended Operators License (2 counts), DUI- 1st Offense, Refusal- 1st Offense, and a Violation of Probation. Judge Croshaw sentenced Pirzad to 16 years 5 months with 2 years 1 month suspended, leaving 14 years 1 months to serve.  This exceeded twice the high end of the Virginia Sentencing Guidelines.

Pirzad pled guilty on April 13, 2015.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on the evening of January 6, 2015, Robert Pirzad and the victim, Jesse Williams, went to bars at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach and drank alcohol. Pirzad drank beers, shots of alcohol, and mixed drinks.  When they left after midnight on January 7, a female friend who was with them begged Pirzad not to drive because he was so intoxicated. Ultimately, Pirzad decided he was the “more sober” of the two, and got in Williams’ car with Williams to drive home.  The female friend tried to follow them because she was so concerned about their ability to make it home safely.  She observed Pirzad driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed. Eventually, she lost them on I-264 West.  Pirzad came off the exit ramp at Lynnhaven Parkway and lost control of the car, which slid along the Jersey wall for 30-50 feet until coming to rest on a concrete bridge support.  Williams, who was in the passenger seat, suffered life-threatening injuries. He remains unconscious, and hospitalized. Pirzad refused a breath test, but the blood draw taken at the hospital shows he had marijuana in his system and an alcohol blood serum level of .20.  He admitted to driving the vehicle.


Pirzad was also arrested for driving under the influence on December 5, 2014.  He was driving over the center line several times on Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach then struck a curb on 28th Street.  Although he refused a breath test, he failed the field sobriety tests he was willing to take.  He admitted drinking at least three beers that night within the prior two hours.  His license was suspended during both incidents.


At the time of these DUI offenses, Pirzad was on court ordered “good behavior” for two (2) counts of Grand Larceny and four (4) counts of Obtaining Money by False Pretenses.  He was found to be in violation of his “good behavior” based upon the DUI offenses, resulting in the Violation of Probation charge.


In addition, Pirzad has prior convictions for Possesion of Schedule I/II Drug, Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice, Driving without a License, and multiple Violations of Probation.


The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott M. Lang and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian M. Latuga. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.