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April 4, 2014
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Pedestrian suspected of intoxication

A 46-year-old woman who completed a diversion program designed to keep drunk drivers out of prison was arrested Thursday on an allegation of being a drunk pedestrian.

Brandi Smith of the Gardnerville Ranchos was taken into custody with a preliminary alcohol content of .283, more than three times the legal limit for driving.

According to reports, a woman was reported stumbling in the roadway shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday in the area of Topaz Lane and Arrowhead Drive.

Officers said she made her way up a driveway in the 900 block of Arrowhead and sat down in the walkway.

The arresting officer said he recognized Brandi Smith from previous contacts.

Paramedics called to the scene advised Smith needed to be evaluated at Carson Valley Medical Center due to suspected levels of alcohol in her system before she was transported to Douglas County Jail.

In September 2013, Smith was congratulated for completing the DUI diversion three years after her third conviction.

She was arrested May 10, 2010, for walking topless into a Gardnerville grocery store, stealing a bottle of wine, and driving off in a Corvette convertible during a late spring snow squall.

She had two prior DUI convictions.

Under Nevada law, someone who’s been convicted three times in seven years of driving under the influence is subject to mandatory prison.

If a defendant qualifies, an intense diversion program is available, which includes serving a jail term, house arrest, abstinence from alcohol and controlled substances as well as regular reporting and testing.

District Judge Michael Gibbons warned Smith in September that the diversion was a one-time only option. He advised her if she was convicted of a subsequent DUI, it would count as a felony with a 2-17-year sentence.


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The Record Courier Updated Apr 8, 2014 05:33PM Published Apr 4, 2014 05:58PM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.