Man’s battle with bottle prompts treatment deal |

Man’s battle with bottle prompts treatment deal

Staff Reports

A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to minor consuming alcohol and coercion after he was arrested with an alcohol content of .36, more than four times the legal limit of .08.

“You’re lucky you didn’t kill yourself with that much alcohol,” East Fork Judge Pro Tem Paul Gilbert told Darien Anderson. “Try and get it together.”

Anderson is to enter a substance abuse treatment center on Tuesday.

He was sentenced to 90 days, suspended, concurrent on each charge.

He told Gilbert he met a friend at the Gardnerville skate park the afternoon of March 14.

The friend, Anderson said, had a bottle of Captain Morgan rum, and “peer-pressured me into taking shots, one after another, after another.”

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter said the coercion charge was to be dismissed once Anderson successfully completes the treatment program.

Two years ago, Anderson faced up to six years in prison after he admitted selling two hydrocodone tablets for $10.

He completed the Nevada Department of Corrections regimental discipline program and charges were dismissed.

In January, Anderson received a 90-day suspended sentence for possession of drug paraphernalia.

■ A Gardnerville woman waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday and is to appear Tuesday in District Court on allegations she and her boyfriend sold methamphetamine, and kept their drug supply within reach of their two young children.

Roberto Rodriguez, 25, was charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, methamphetamine; two counts of allowing a child to be present in the commission of a controlled substance violation; and two counts of sales of a controlled substance.

Michelle A. Hart, 22, was charged with child endangerment and trafficking in a controlled substance.

In an agreement with the district attorney’s office, Hart could be released from Douglas County Jail on her own recognizance once she enters a guilty plea.

According to court documents, the pair was arrested following a three-month investigation by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigators that involved four purchases of methamphetamine.

Investigators reportedly found methamphetamine in an unlocked desk drawer within easy reach of the couple’s two children, ages 3 and 9 months.

The children are in the care of family members.