Lawmaker’s wife receives house arrest in DUI case
August 29, 2013
Sherese Settelmeyer, 48, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a second charge of driving under the influence, after her arrest for driving with four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.
She was sentenced to 100 days in Douglas County Jail with 90 days suspended for two years.
Settelmeyer, the wife of state Sen. James Settelmeyer, elected to serve 20 days of house arrest at her own expense of $15 a day in lieu of jail.
She was fined $1,200 and will pay $40 a month supervision fees.
She was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving June 28 after deputies were alerted to her erratic driving through Gardnerville by other drivers trying to keep motorists away from her.
Settelmeyer's preliminary alcohol content tested between .253 and .320, up to four times the legal limit of .08.
Settelmeyer told East Fork Judge Tom Perkins on Wednesday she was attending multiple Alcoholics Anonymous meetings daily, and following an aftercare plan having completed 30 days in residential treatment.
"I was driving intoxicated," Settelmeyer said when asked by the judge to explain what happened.
Her lawyer, William Cole, said Settelmeyer had addressed several issues on her own following her arrest.
"She went out and got into a 30-day treatment program. She did well. It was not a matter of anybody making her do it. She has taken matters into her own hands. I don't think we'll see her here again," Cole said.
James Settelmeyer accompanied his wife to court.
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this," she told Perkins.
"I know you've been through a lot," Perkins said. "It takes a lot of courage to face the demons associated with alcohol. I wish you the best."
According to reports, Settelmeyer has prior DUI convictions in November 2010 and March 1995.
In addition to the suspended sentence, Settelmeyer loses her driver's license for one year. When it is restored, Settelmeyer must install a device on her car for one year that prevents her from starting a vehicle if she has alcohol in her system.
She faced up to six months in jail.
A third DUI conviction within seven years earns mandatory prison.
While under house arrest — or "residential confinement" — Settelmeyer must provide the Department of Alternative Sentencing with a schedule.
She is restricted to the house and grounds for 20 days.
She is permitted to leave their residence for medical, dental or legal appointments, employment, and to attend religious services.
Settelmeyer is fitted by the Department of Alternative Sentencing with an ankle monitor tracked by a global positioning system that emits a signal to DAS if she leaves the area.
Settelmeyer must abstain from drugs and alcohol during probation and is subject to unannounced search and seizure.
She must complete DUI prevention school and attend a panel moderated by victims of drunk drivers.