Conservative Leader's Son Jailed In Road Rage Case

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:04 PM EDT


(CNSNews.com) - The son of a prominent Washington, D.C., conservative leader is scheduled to attend a hearing in federal court later this month after being arrested and charged with shooting at a motorist.

Federal Magistrate Judge T. Rawls Jones, Jr., Friday scheduled a Dec. 17 hearing for David Michael Keene, son of American Conservative Union Chairman David A. Keene.

U.S. Park Police said the 21-year-old Keene was arrested Wednesday evening and is accused of firing a gun at another motorist while driving on a suburban Washington parkway last weekend.

Keene is scheduled to attend a preliminary and detention hearing on the 17th , according to Sam Dibbley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorneys Office in Alexandria, Virginia.

The preliminary and detention hearing will determine whether Keene will remain in his Alexandria, Va. jail cell and whether there is enough evidence for the case to proceed.

If there is sufficient evidence, the judge is expected to schedule a status hearing at which point, a trial date would be set.

Keene was being held Friday on federal charges involving "the use of a firearm during a crime of violence," according to U.S. Park Police Sgt. Scott Fear.

Fear said Keene allegedly shot a bullet into another car Dec. 1 while traveling along a stretch of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, shattering the car's rear window.

The bullet lodged in the driver's seat and came within inches of striking the driver, police said.

The driver of the other vehicle took down the license plate number of the car from which the shot was allegedly fired and called police, who later arrested Keene. Fear said a weapon was found in Keene's possession, but Fear declined to offer any information about it.

Keene's father, besides being chairman of the ACU, is also on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association, which said the group's thoughts and prayers go out to the Keene family, according to NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.

"This matter is in the hands of law enforcement and if any laws are broken, it has to be dealt with just like any other case," Arulanandam said. "Celebrity parents have to deal with these issues all the time and during this difficult time, our hearts go out to the parents."

If convicted, Keene could face up to 10 years in prison.

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