Suspect accused of third offense DUI |

Suspect accused of third offense DUI

Staff Reports

A 49-year-old Johnson Lane woman with two prior convictions for driving under the influence was arrested Saturday on suspicion of a third offense, a felony.

Deputies were called to the Johnson Lane General Store shortly after 8 p.m. on the report of a drunk driver.

The officer observed the driver leave the store parking lot, fail to immediately turn on headlights, drive 15 mph in a 25-mph zone, and swerve on the roadway.

According to the report, the officer turned on his overhead lights, and said the driver continued on the road for nearly half a mile.

He said the motorist, identified as Rebeka Haelsig, said she continued to drive to her home so her car wouldn’t be towed.

She was held in Douglas County Jail without bail, and appeared Wednesday before East Fork Judge Tom Perkins.

“The fact is, your honor, I am relieved I got caught,” Haelsig told the judge.

“I am glad nobody got hurt,” the judge said, advising Haelsig to take advantage of any programs the jail has while she is incarcerated.

He set her next hearing for Wednesday with her lawyer, Kris Brown.

■ A 25-year-old Johnson Lane man was sentenced Wednesday to two months in Douglas County Jail for cutting off a court-imposed monitor, and violating terms of a domestic battery protection order.

East Fork Justice Tom Perkins ordered Elliot Liebowitz to serve six months in jail, with 120 days suspended, and placed him on two years probation.

Liebowitz has been in custody for 30 days.

In exchange for his guilty plea to the TPO violation, the state agreed to dismiss a charge for removal of the device, but Liebowitz has to pay restitution.

The woman who sought the temporary restraining order accused Liebowitz of battery, and said he was sending her dozen of text messages.

He was forbidden to have contact with the victim, and is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing upon his release from jail.

Perkins urged him to undergo counseling and put the failed relationship with the victim behind him.

He must obey the terms of the restraining order.

According to court documents, Liebowitz reportedly tested positive for a controlled substance, and was ordered to come in to DAS for a mandatory check. The department was alerted to a strap tamper on Feb. 18, and went to Liebowitz’s home. His parents said they found the device on the floor, but the defendant was gone.

Liebowitz was not taken into custody until officers were tipped that he was in a vehicle in the Best Buy parking lot on March 13.

■ East Fork Justice Tom Perkins denied a request Wednesday from a 45-year-old Topaz Ranch Estates woman accused of absconding with her children to lower her bail, or release her on her own recognizance.

Kathryn Moore is being held in Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bail on a charge of child concealment or removal.

She faces the charge after she failed to bring her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son for a court-ordered visitation with their father in November.

Moore and the children were found safe in January at a relative’s home in Colville, Wash., after a nationwide warrant was issued for child concealment.

The children have been returned to their father.

She asked Perkins on Wednesday for release on her own recognizance. Moore is set for a preliminary hearing on May 9.

She said she had to attend to family matters, and was offered a place to stay in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Out of custody, Moore said she would be better able to assist in her defense.

Prosecutor Erik Levin opposed the request.

“The whole nature of the charge is concealment of the children. She took off with her kids and had to be extradited back to the state,” Levin said.

Moore said she was not a flight risk, and had every incentive to stay in the community.

“The only purpose of bail is to make sure you come to court,” Perkins said. “The bail stands.”