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Lake Tahoe woman admits DUI with her children in car

by Amy Alonzo
aalonzo@recordcourier.com

A South Lake Tahoe woman admitted Tuesday at Douglas County District Court to driving under the influence and child endangerment after she was pulled over with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

Angela J. Carlen, 31, was arrested Nov. 16 in Stateline for driving under the influence with four minors in her vehicle. Her blood alcohol level was .191.

Carlen was also charged in California in 2012 and 2014 for driving under the influence. According to court documents, she failed to report in Eldorado County after one of those arrests. When she finally did report, she was under the influence.

Attorney Kris Brown requested Carlen be placed under house arrest while undergoing outpatient treatment.

Turning to Carlen, District Judge Tod Young denied the request.

"Ma'am, you need inpatient treatment if you don't go to prison, and there's every likelihood of [you] going to prison," he told her.

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Her sentencing is set for Feb. 7. The minors are being cared for by a family member.

■ A Gardnerville woman will attend the DUI Diversion program after admitting to driving under the influence.

Jill Spaniol, 53, was pulled over Aug. 1 on Foothill Road for erratic driving. Spaniol had been pulled over the day before for a similar offense, as well as in 2014 and 2009.

"Her history is entirely related to driving under a controlled substance," public defender Maria Pence said. "She thought it was OK what she was doing because she was using pills prescribed by her doctor."

Pence said Spaniol has been sober for 60 days and has been attending AA meetings.

"Sometimes it's difficult for me to put people in prison," Young told Spaniol. "It's not difficult for me to put DUI offenders in prison. Every day you're serving in prison is a day you're not killing someone."

■ A Carson City man admitted to taking a vehicle that wasn't his after being pulled over for nearly rear-ending someone.

Joe L. Kizer, 39, took a black 2006 Lexus he said he found running in Carson City. After he walked by the car and saw it running, he got in and drove off.

Kizer also tested positive for alcohol and methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.

Previous charges against him include assault with serious bodily injury in 1998 and various misdemeanors from 1996-2006.

He will remain in custody until sentencing.

■ A Stateline man admitted to selling Oxycontin in October at an area casino.

Keenan Corrigan, 35, sold about 60 pills for $240. Heroin, two glass smoking pipes and alleged fraudulent checks were later found in his vehicle.

His sentencing is set for Feb. 7.

■ A Zephyr Cove man will remain in jail and attend Western Nevada Regional Drug Court until he can enter an inpatient treatment program.

According to court documents, Jared C. Wojciechowski, 31, said he was using about a gram of cocaine per day when in July he stole from On the Rocks Bar, where he was employed.

Wojciechowski was captured on video surveillance entering the business four times in the same night to remove money from the register..

Defense attorney Derrick Lopez said Wojciechowski originally broke into the register to retrieve a paycheck he hadn't received. He owes $1,500 in restitution.

Lopez said that Wojciechowski also has a gambling addiction, but that he has no prior arrests as an adult.

"With his gambling addiction, he believed he could put it back," Lopez said. "This is a crime that had no chance of success."

Wojciechowski will attend Western Nevada Regional Drug Court starting Dec. 29 under the supervision of parole and probation.

■ The sentencing of a Glenbrook man continues to be deferred as long as he continues to make child support payments.

Representing himself, Jeffrey E. Dingman entered an amended, certified guilty plea. He is required to make $1,812 per month payments for five years. If he remains in compliance, after five years, he can withdraw his plea.

Dingman told the judge he is not a bad father.

A June 6 review is set.