Suspect accused of third felony DUI |

Suspect accused of third felony DUI

by Sheila Gardner

A 35-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man who has been to prison twice for felony drunk driving was arrested Friday on allegations of a third offense with a blood-alcohol content more than four times the legal limit.

Scott Ryan Woods was taken into custody Friday afternoon after witnesses said a motorist in an older red Subaru crashed into two fences and a vehicle, leaving the scene of one accident at high speed.

Woods was charged with driving under the influence or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while being under the influence with a prior felony conviction. Records show Woods has two felony convictions in December 2003 and April 2008.

An officer was flagged down Friday at Tillman and Topaz Lane by a victim who said the vehicle stuck 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 the suspect appeared to be so intoxicated he couldn’t walk.

His preliminary blood-alcohol content was .34, more than four times the legal limit for driving.

Woods is in Douglas County Jail on $14,374 bail.

Citing Woods’ record, prosecutor Tom Gregory asked Tuesday that bail remain. He also pointed out that Woods was being held without bail on a parole violation from his 2008 conviction.

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 wich 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 was driving with a blood-alcohol content of .30.