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Christopher Barry, son of Marion Barry, jailed in D.C. for driving without license

The adult son of D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was ordered held in D.C. jail Thursday for violating a judge’s order and driving in the District on a revoked license.

D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Karen Howze ordered Marion Christopher Barry, 34, held until his next hearing on Aug. 7.

According to court records, the younger Barry was stopped Wednesday evening in the 2600 block of Pomeroy Road SE because the Ford Explorer he was driving had a non-functioning right brake light. Officers discovered Barry was driving on a suspended license.

This week’s arrest is Barry’s fourth since the beginning of May. On May 3, Barry was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and operating a car without a license. Howze had suspended his license on May 19, after Barry was arrested on charges of failure to obey a police officer. On May 23, Barry was arrested on a charge of unlawful entry of a residence. All those charges are pending.

In 2011, Christopher Barry was sentenced to 18 months of probation for drug possession for a felony PCP charge and a misdemeanor marijuana charge. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin ordered Barry to undergo drug and grief counseling while he was on probation, saying the young man had been battling substance abuse since the death of his mother from cancer four years earlier.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.



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