Arraignment in June for Sherese Settelmeyer |

Arraignment in June for Sherese Settelmeyer

by Amy Alonzo

The wife of a Douglas County legislator will be arraigned on a felony drunk driving charge in June in Douglas County District Court.

Sherese C. Settelmeyer, wife of Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, was arrested Jan. 5 for allegedly driving under the influence.

At around 1:45 a.m. deputies spotted a gold Jaguar illegally parked on Kimmerling Road, partially blocking Ellie’s Way. When deputies approached the car, they reported seeing Settelmeyer drinking from a half-gallon carton of milk.

Deputies reported she had a hard time rolling down her window and that she handed over a tie-dyed bank card instead of her driver’s license. She also allegedly said she didn’t know why she was in the Gardnerville Ranchos area.

Her breath alcohol concentration was .136, according to court documents.

Defense attorney Ron Cauley said Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court that the state has said it won’t oppose diversion if she qualifies.

Settelmeyer, 52, also was arrested in 2013, 2010 and 1995 on DUI charges. A third DUI conviction within seven years is a felony in Nevada.

In 2013 she had about four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system. For that offense she was sentenced to 100 days in Douglas County Jail with 90 days suspended for two years. She instead served 20 days of house arrest at her own expense instead of jail time.

Settelmeyer currently has an ankle monitor and is tested randomly, Cauley said. He asked if the ankle monitor could be removed, but the state requested it remain on, since she is facing a felony DUI charge.

“Mrs. Settelmeyer, you have so much to lose here,” Judge Tom Perkins said. “It’s for your own protection. Leave it on for now.”

Her arraignment is set for June 6.