Driver in trailer accident faces felony DUI
November 9, 2011
A 34-year-old Gardnerville man has been charged with felony drunk driving causing substantial bodily harm in connection with a collision Sunday that seriously injured Gardnerville artist Reiko Hervin.
Jon Eugene McElhaney is charged with driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while being under the influence of an intoxicating liquor resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.
McElhaney, out of custody on $15,637 bail, appeared Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court with lawyer Derrick Lopez.
Lopez asked for a two-week continuance, and McElhaney is to appear Nov. 30.
While on bail, he may not drive or use drugs or alcohol. McElhaney is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.
The accident occurred on Highway 208 at Jack Wright Summit.
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The Nevada Highway Patrol reported that Hervin, 51, was heading east on the highway at about 6:40 p.m. when a trailer carrying a Jeep came unhitched from an oncoming vehicle and crossed over into her traffic lane, colliding head-on with her Scion.
She had to be extricated from her vehicle and was taken by CareFlight to Renown Regional Medical Center with multiple injuries.
A preliminary breath test at the scene indicated McElhaney’s blood-alcohol content was .131. The legal limit is .08.
The criminal complaint against McElhaney says while being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, he failed to properly secure the trailer which dislodged and struck Hervin’s vehicle, causing her to suffer substantial bodily injury.