Second felony DUI carries hefty prison term |

Second felony DUI carries hefty prison term

The driver in an August wreck at Lake Tahoe faces up to 15 years in prison after he admitted to a subsequent instance of felony driving under the influence

Jesus Estrada Uribe was involved in a single vehicle collision at Highway 50 and Elks Point Road on Aug. 29. According to court documents, there was an open bottle of liquor in the vehicle and his license had been suspended for the prior felony DUI.

Estrada Uribe was previously convicted of felony DUI on Jan. 31, 2010. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 24.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend the mandatory minimum of 2-5 years in prison. There is also a mandatory fine. Estrada-Uribe is facing deportation on completion of his sentence.

■ A Gardnerville woman faces up to 18 years in prison after she admitted Tuesday to three methamphetamine sales charges.

Melissa Ann White made the sales in December 2019 and May of this year, selling nearly 2 ounces of methamphetamine.

Attorney Justin Oakes asked that White, 42, be released on her own recognizance so she could attend a 30-day treatment program.

She has been in custody for 138 days since a drug raid on her East Valley home.

The home on Helman Drive had been the subject of a five-month investigation into the sale of methamphetamine where 2 ounces of the drug were purchased during undercover operations, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Prosecutor Patrick Ferguson argued against her release.

He said that while he recognized she could get probation, he would be arguing not only for prison, but for the maximum sentence.

District Judge Tod Young ordered her released to the treatment program but told her that when she’s done she must return to jail. Her sentencing date was set for Dec. 8.

■ A pregnant woman is seeking diversion after she admitted to a possession of heroin charge on Tuesday.

Meagan Rene Turkington was one of three people arrested squatting in a Stateline home in May where more than a pound of methamphetamine was found in a May 14 drug raid.

The two men who were staying in the home, Joseph Cudia, 45, of Sacramento and Diego Coralles, 47, of South Lake Tahoe are facing felony trafficking charges.

Turkington has a fugitive warrant out of El Dorado County for violating her probation there, according to her attorney.

Her sentencing date was set for Dec. 1, where the judge will determine whether to allow her to seek diversion. Possession is punishable by 1-4 years, but probation is mandatory. If Turkington succeeds at diversion, the felony would be dismissed, but if she fails, probation would no longer be mandatory.