A 48-year-old Gardnerville woman was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving Friday after deputies were alerted to her erratic driving by other drivers trying to keep motorists away from her.
Sherese Settelmeyer was booked on charges of driving under the influence, second, and failing to maintain a lane.
She was released from Douglas County Jail on $3,000 bail and is set for an Aug. 5 East Fork Justice Court appearance.
She is the wife of Sen. James Settelmeyer.
According to court documents, Settelmeyer’s preliminary alcohol content tested between .253 and .320, up to four times the legal limit of .08.
The arresting officer reported Settelmeyer was so intoxicated, he took her to Carson Valley Medical Center for clearance before booking her at the jail.
According to reports, deputies were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. on the report of a vehicle failing to maintain its lane and almost causing several accidents as it approached Minden, traveling south on Highway 395.
As a sheriff’s officer approached heading north, he said the Nissan SUV was traveling without headlights.
Vehicles behind the Nissan began flashing their front headlights to gain the deputy’s attention.
He said the Nissan SUV almost came to a stop near the east curb of Highway 395 at the Stratton Center. A motorist began to pass in the No. 1 lane at the same time the Nissan accelerated and drove into the No. 1 lane, forcing the passing motorist into the center turn lane to avoid a collision.
The deputy activated his emergency lights, and the Nissan finally stopped on the southwest corner sidewalk at the handicap ramp at Cemetery Road and Highway 395 in Gardnerville.
As the deputy approached, the driver placed the vehicle in reverse and began backing up.
The officer opened the driver’s door, placed his right arm across Settelmeyer’s face, jumped onto the floor board of the vehicle, and applied the brake pedal.
He placed the vehicle in park, shut off the engine and removed the keys.
The deputy said he recognized the driver as Sherese Settelmeyer. He said she removed her seat belt and exited the vehicle but was unable to stand.
The officer said he smelled alcohol, and Settelmeyer’s speech was unintelligible.
A voluntary preliminary breath test yielded a result of .320, four times the legal limit of .08 for driving. A test at the jail on the Intoxilyzer 5000 revealed her alcohol content to be .253 and .260. She also had a blood test.
She is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing, and may not drive. She is forbidden to consume alcohol or controlled substances without prescription.
According to reports, Settelmeyer has prior DUI convictions in November 2010 and March 1995.