Man pleads guilty to third felony DUI |

Man pleads guilty to third felony DUI

Staff Reports

A Gardnerville Ranchos man who has served two prison sentences for drunk driving faces up to 15 years for his third felony conviction after he changed his plea to guilty weeks before he was to go on trial.

Scott Ryan Woods, 37, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, avoiding an habitual criminal enhancement were he convicted at trial.

District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered Woods held without bail pending sentencing July 1.

In a plea agreement, Woods pleaded guilty to driving under the influence with a prior felony conviction. In exchange for his plea, the state dropped a felony charge of habitual criminal.

Prison is mandatory, and Woods faces a $2,000-$5,000 fine.

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.

Woods has two felony convictions 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.

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.