Woman ordered to complete drug court
November 22, 2011
A 22-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos woman who admitted taking a car without permission to drive to her boyfriend’s house was ordered to successfully complete Western Regional Drug Court.
Sarah Nicole Manderville pleaded guilty to unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, a gross misdemeanor. She said she had the car for about 10 minutes and it was undamaged.
Prosecutor Laurie Trotter said she was recommending drug court because of the seriousness of Manderville’s heroin addition.
She asked that Manderville remain in custody until she is admitted to an in-patient treatment program.
“I’m afraid if she is released today, she may not have a successful outcome,” Trotter said.
Manderville said she wanted to participate in drug court.
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“It’s a long-term commitment,” said District Judge Michael Gibbons. “If you use, you’ll get caught and go to jail.”
Gibbons said he would recommend to the drug court judge that Manderville go directly to in-patient treatment.
She faces up to one year in Douglas County Jail and a $2,000 fine if she violates probation.
A 20-year-old student was sentenced to Western Regional Drug Court on Monday following an incident at his residence where deputies found a woman who had overdosed on heroin.
Thomas Egbert pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, heroin.
He was arrested Nov. 9 when authorities responded to a medical call at his Johnson Lane home concerning a woman who had overdosed on heroin.
“He appears to have no criminal history,” said prosecutor Laurie Trotter. “His girlfriend had overdosed on heroin. The police were involved because they had been called to assist this other person and they found these other drugs.”
Egbert told District Judge Michael Gibbons the young woman was at a treatment facility.
“Drug court is a great opportunity,” Egbert said. “It’s necessary for the first steps to recovery.”
“I hope this was a life-changing event for you and for you girlfriend,” Gibbons said.