Alcoholic granted diversion |

Alcoholic granted diversion

by Amy Alonzo

Update: Emily Gray appeared in Douglas County District Court on July 9, 2018, where she was congratulated by District Judge Tod Young on successfully completing her diversion program. Charges were dropped against her and her record will be sealed.

A Gardnerville woman who admits she spat on a deputy while drunk will attend diversion.

Emily D. Gray, 34, “is an alcoholic, and probably has been for the majority of her life,” said defense attorney Maria Pence.

She was arrested Feb. 11 following a domestic dispute. When deputies responded to the incident, Gray appeared intoxicated. Gray, under supervision by the Department of Alternative Sentencing, refused to provide a breath test. She was transported to the jail, where she spat on the deputy.

Gray had DUI convictions in 2008 and 2010 and a domestic battery conviction in 2015, prosecutor Ric Casper said. She also had a DUI Jan. 4 with a blood alcohol concentration of .392, he said.

“She’s not only an alcoholic, she’s dangerous,” Casper said. “She doesn’t deserve diversion, because she’s wasted opportunities … She’s done nothing to earn a diversion program, but the community needs for her to be in diversion.”

Gray will remain in counseling and will be subjected to random testing. Her diversion is not to exceed three years.