Genoa man goes to prison for eluding |

Genoa man goes to prison for eluding

by Aurora Sain

After crashing his car in an attempt to flee from deputies, one man will spend the next few years in prison.

Wesley Daniel Weigand, 30, was sentenced to 24-60 months for felony attempting to elude a police officer.

On May 14, Weigand failed to come to a stop after officers signaled for him to do so. He then crashed his car near Dresslerville Road.

He had a blood alcohol level of .260 at the time of his arrest.

He was originally facing up to 72 months and up to a $5,000 fine.

Weigand also has a felony warrant out of Santa Cruz, Calif. for grand theft waiting for him.

“Mr. Weigand is wanting to accept responsibility for his actions,” said his attorney Justin Clouser.

Weigand has 18 misdemeanors and four felonies in his criminal history and has been to jail 10 times and prison once.

“He’s clearly a menace to the community,” said Deputy District Attorney Erik Levin.

He also has several traffic infractions involving fleeing officers at high speeds.

He was ordered to pay $178 in fees and fines and has credit for 81 days time served.

“When you behave as you’ve done in this case you’re a real danger to the community,” said Judge Tod Young. “It has to stop and it’s not to be tolerated. Mr. Weigand, I hope you get on the right track sir.”

■ A man who is facing up to five years in prison missed his sentencing because he is in custody in Washoe County.

Shane Wedin, 22, is facing three charges in Washoe County including home invasion, speeding and failure to appear on a traffic citation.

In Douglas County he was facing sentencing for felony grand larceny for his involvement in stealing more than $900 in printer ink cartridges from Walmart.

He is facing up to 60 months and up to a $10,000 fine for the Douglas County charge.

He said that he stole in order to get enough money to pay for rent.

A no-bail warrant was issued for him.

■ Kelly Brooks Lapin, 56, changed his plea on Tuesday to guilty for obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance under false pretenses.

He originally pleaded not guilty to the felony 2015 offense and had a trial set for the matter.

He is facing up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

He was prescribed oxycodone from his doctor, and told the doctor that his fiancé accidentally washed the bottle and he needed a whole new one.

When the doctor was suspicious about the smell they had the substance tested and it wasn’t oxycodone, it was naproxen.

Lapin then changed the story to saw that he actually put some naproxen in there and he is the one who washed it not his fiancé.

“I think I just panicked,” said Lapin. “I didn’t want to be without them.”

Accidentally washing a prescription isn’t an issue, trying to cover it up with another medication is what made it suspicious.

“So he committed a criminal act to cover-up a non-criminal act,” said Young.

Sentencing was set for 9 a.m. Oct. 4.