Man pleads guilty in four-car wreck |

Man pleads guilty in four-car wreck

A man involved in a four-vehicle wreck in Indian Hills that set one of the cars on fire had a .338 blood alcohol content.

David Black, 34, admitted to second instance of driving under the influence on Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court.

A charge of failure to maintain due care was dropped in exchange for his plea.

Black told East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins he’d been drinking the night before the wreck.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, Black was driving a Toyota RAV4 southbound on Highway 395 at 8:06 a.m.

He allegedly ran into the back of a Chrysler sedan that was stopped at the traffic signal at Mica Drive. The Chrysler hit the rear of a pickup, which then struck a Ford Fusion.

After hitting the back of the Chrysler, Black’s Toyota rotated and struck a Toyota Yaris. One of the vehicles burst into flames and forced the closure of the highway.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 9. The recommended sentence is 180 days with 170 suspended.

■ A California man who has allegedly violated a half-dozen protective orders was denied release on his own recognizance on Wednesday.

Jeffrey Wronek’s attorney sought his release, but East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins said he wasn’t comfortable with that.

He left the 56-year-old Wronek’s bail at $1,000 and ordered the Santa Clara man to return to court next week.

Wronek was arrested for allegedly texting a Topaz Ranch Estates woman after she’d obtained a protection order against him.

Wronek served prison time for battery by a prisoner after he was sentenced in Douglas County District Court to 30 months in 2007.

He was in jail on a stalking charge and for failing to obey a protective order. According to the Nevada Department of Corrections he was paroled in 2008.

■ A Gardnerville woman waived her preliminary hearing and is expected to enter a guilty plea in Douglas County District Court to one count of sales of methamphetamine.

Lori Carol Perneau, 57, was arrested after allegedly selling 8.4 grams of the drug between May 14 and June 6. A search subsequent to her arrest allegedly turned up another 7 grams.

According to attorney Maria Pence, prosecutors will recommend Perneau receive probation at sentencing.

■ A Gardnerville man is being held on Carson City charges after he gave a false name to a deputy during a traffic stop.

Matthew Ryan Patellos, 24, is wanted on drug charges out of the capital.

Patellos was southbound on Highway 395 when he turned suddenly onto Genoa Lane, prompting a traffic stop.

According to the sheriff’s office, Pattellos gave the deputy a false name and was cited, but the interaction was enough for the deputy to look up his picture later. When he saw the photo he issued an alert, and Pattellos was pulled over at about 2 a.m.

He is scheduled to return to East Fork Justice Court on Oct. 28.

■ A Gardnerville woman was taken into custody on Monday in connection with a burglary charge.

Maria Lanai Browning, 35, was allegedly seen on a video inside a Mahogany home on Oct. 18.