Football injury won’t keep drunk driver out of prison |

Football injury won’t keep drunk driver out of prison

by Taylor Pettaway
William K. Tinlin

A Gardnerville man tried to claim in court Tuesday that concussions from a lengthy football career are what caused him to drive drunk.

William K. Tinlin, 67, was sentenced to 2-5 years in prison for felony DUI.

Tinlin was arrested Dec. 5, 2016, after deputies responded to reports of a vehicle nearly colliding with traffic several times near Highway 395 and Airport Road. Deputies stopped Tinlin at the AM/PM gas station where he attempted to hand deputies his credit cards instead of his license. He was arrested for DUI and reckless driving with a blood alcohol level of .176 percent.

According to Tinlin’s attorney William Cole, Tinlin got upset because he couldn’t find his cell phone and started drinking before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. Cole tried to argue that the anger came because of the years of injury sustained as a professional football player, however District Judge Tod Young didn’t consider that a valid excuse.

“If that is all it takes to set him off, and onto the highway where he endangered people … perhaps people need to be protected from you,” Young said.

Tinlin said he was nothing but apologetic for his actions.

“It’s my understanding that an apology could be redundant, but I want to make sure it’s my heart of hearts that I am sorry for my actions … I just want to be a viable human being again,” Tinlin told the court.

A 53-year-old Gardnerville man pleaded not guilty to felony DUI charges Tuesday.

Johnny L. Awe was arrested on May 14 for DUI-third offense, failure to maintain a lane and speeding after deputies initiated a traffic stop near Highway 395 and Grant Avenue.

Awe is scheduled for trial March 7.

Tashina C. Lundy is scheduled for trial starting Jan. 3.

Lundy, 22, of Alpine, Calif., was charged with battery, battery on a peace officer, elder abuse, and two counts of battery by a prisoner after getting into a fight with one of the guards at the Douglas County Jail.

At 5:10 a.m. on Feb. 5, deputies responded to the E-block for a disturbance. When attempting to put the women into lockdown, Lundy allegedly refused to cooperate with lockdown procedures. Deputies attempted to get Lundy into an escort hold to put her in an isolation cell and she pulled away and punched the deputy in the face and pushed him. Reports said the deputy punched Lundy back and threatened her with a taser before she complied with demands.

Two people were received diversion sentences on drug charges.

Crystal L. Judd, 20, of Wellington, was granted drug court for charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Judd was arrested July 26 after deputies responded to reports of a vehicle that ran into a telephone pole near Heybourne and Firebrand Roads. She was unconscious in the driver’s seat with her 3-month-old child in the back when medics arrived. Judd was originally arrested for DUI, child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was granted mandatory probation and drug court.

Raymond R. Ocampo, 30, of South Lake Tahoe was also granted diversion for charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

Ocampo was arrested April 28, 2016, after he sold methamphetamine, and was later arrested on a warrant at the Lakeside Inn Casino. Upon inventory, deputies found meth in his vehicle along with packaging baggies. He was originally charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ocampo has previously entered a guilty plea to the charge of possession for sale, and Young said he was skeptical that Ocampo could stay clean.

“I will give you probation, but if you violate, you will serve a long sentence,” Young said.

He was sentenced to a suspended 38-month prison term. His probation will be three years.