DUI driver loses diversion, gains three years in prison

A man who is serving 6-15 years for driving under the influence with substantial bodily harm had a 2019 diversion revoked and was sentenced to an additional 1-3 years.

Tyler Charles Ruiz, 34, was convicted in Washoe County in May after he was given an opportunity in Douglas County.

He received credit for 32 days time served.

Ruiz was arrested New Year’s Day 2018 after he made an improper turn and admitted he’d smoked methamphetamine.

• A trial may be averted by an agreement, according to attorneys and the defendant, herself.

The agreement isn’t down on paper yet, attorney Brian Filter said but he, prosecutor Jim Sibley and Heindl all said it was definitely in the works.

Part of the agreement would have Heindl participating in inpatient treatment.

Heindl waived a speedy trial prompting the judge to cancel summoning a jury.

• A Redding, Calif., woman received a suspended 13-36-month sentence on Tuesday for possession of methamphetamine.

Leslie Marie Johnson still has a warrant out for her arrest out of Sikiyou County, Calif.

Johnson said she was a passenger in a vehicle where she had the illegal drug on Aug. 8, 2022. She was released to participate in a treatment program, but reportedly walked away from the program.

She was brought back to Douglas County from Oregon after she failed to appear.

“Everybody in the jail is tired of this lifestyle,” District Judge Tod Young told her. “Everyone who comes before me is tired of using meth until they get their own clothes on.”

She was given credit for 125 days time served.

• A woman who graduated from Western Nevada Regional Drug Court as a condition of probation received a suspended four-year prison sentence for burglary of a business.

Candice Susan Doan said she suffered blackouts due to the use of a variety of prescription drugs.

“I almost died a couple of times,” she said.

She passed a bad $955.82 check at the Carson Valley Inn. Judge Tod Young said she was given multiple opportunities to make the check good before felonies were filed.

• A Walmart cashier, who would gamble at the Dotties on her break, will have to pay more than $40,000 in restitution.

Chrystal Lee Thompson admitted to gross misdemeanor conspiracy to cheat or defraud the Gardnerville store out of $37,611. She owes another $3,005 to the Sheriff’s Office.

Thompson was arrested June 13, 2022, in the matter.

“I want to keep my life on the road I’m on now,” she said. “I’m not going back to meth.”

She received a 364-day sentence and was given credit for eight days time served.


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