Woman sent to jail for drunk driving
October 31, 2013
A 52-year-old Gardnerville woman was ordered Wednesday to serve 30 days in Douglas County Jail after she admitted driving drunk and unknowingly dragging a man behind her truck a short distance.
Carol Lanfair pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended or revoked license because of a previous DUI conviction.
East Fork Judge Tom Perkins sentenced her to 150 days in jail, suspended for two years on the condition that she serve 30 days of active jail time.
He fined her $1,200 and ordered her to pay nearly $10,000 restitution to the victim if his medical expenses are not covered by insurance.
She must abstain from drugs and alcohol and undergo a substance abuse evaluation.
The victim testified Wednesday that he suffered a broken wrist, heel and foot and had scars over 80 percent of his body.
The man, a builder, said he was unable to work until recently.
“I hope in my heart she didn’t do it purposely,” the man said.
He said Lanfair had been a friend up until the accident on Aug. 17.
She told Perkins the man had been driving when they got in an argument.
“We were drunk,” she said. “I wasn’t driving at the time. He started to leave. I said, ‘Get … out, get … out.”
She said he got out of the truck, and she took over the wheel.
Lanfair said she was unaware that he was trying to retrieve an ice chest from the back of the truck when she took off. He got caught and was dragged by the truck a short distance until he was able to free himself.
Lanfair was unaware of the incident until deputies stopped her near her home in East Valley after discovering the victim on the side of the road at Highway 395 and Plymouth Drive around 10 p.m.
Perkins ordered Lanfair to turn herself in at Douglas County Jail on Sunday.
“She’s very fortunate she is not going to prison today and not getting consecutive sentences,” Perkins said.
Lanfair said she had been sober for 75 days.