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Felony drunk driver gets 15 years in prison

by Sheila Gardner

A Gardnerville Ranchos man is headed to prison for the third time after he was sentenced Monday to 15 years for driving under the influence with two prior felonies.

District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced Scott Ryan Woods to 15 years — the maximum — and said he would have to serve five years before he is eligible for parole. He gave Woods credit for 229 days in custody.

“I’m sorry it’s got to be this severe,” Gibbons said, “but I have to look out for everybody else.”

Woods, 37, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence with two or more felonies just before he was to go on trial. By pleading guilty, he avoided an habitual criminal enhancement were he convicted at trial.

In addition to the three felony drunk driving convictions, Woods has a felony conviction for theft.

Woods was arrested Dec. 30, 2011, after an officer was flagged down at Tillman and Topaz Lane by a victim who said a red Subaru struck his vehicle, drove off the road, and hit a fence before speeding away.

Another deputy located the vehicle after it allegedly crashed into a second fence at Muir and Mitch.

A witness identified Woods as the driver. The deputy said Woods was so intoxicated he couldn’t walk. Woods’ preliminary blood-alcohol content was .34, more than four times the legal limit for driving.

He continued to drink in violation of his pre-trial release and was arrested Dec. 9, 2012, when deputies observed him staggering down Muir Drive. A breath test revealed his blood alcohol content of .208, more than twice the legal limit of .08 for driving.

Woods has been in Douglas County Jail since his December 2012 arrest.

Prosecutor Erik Levin pointed out that the prior felony convictions also involved allegations of oxycodone and marijuana.

“He presents an extreme risk to the community,” Levin said, adding that additional offenses were committed when Woods was on parole.

“I ask the court to help me get this under control,” Woods said. “I am not able to do this on my own. It’s bigger than I am. I am ashamed of what it’s done to my family. I throw myself on the mercy of the court.”

Gibbons said the best way to insure Woods’ sobriety was a long period of incarceration.

“You just can’t stop once you start drinking,” Gibbons said.

His two prior felony convictions were in December 2003 and April 2008.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his second felony conviction for driving under the influence, and ordered to serve a minimum of 30 months before he was eligible for parole.

He was released in December 2008 and placed on residential supervision under a Nevada law, which allows inmates convicted of drunk driving to serve their sentences in the community under certain conditions.

The 2008 conviction was the result of a Nov. 11, 2007, incident when Woods crashed into three vehicles near his parents’ home in the Ranchos.