Woman pleads guilty to second DUI, texting when car went off road
A 35-year-old Ruhenstroth woman admitted Wednesday she was intoxicated when she drove off the road into a fence with her three children in the vehicle.
The children, ages 14, 8, and 4, were uninjured.
Amelia Katherine Adair pleaded guilty to a second drunk driving charge and agreed to undergo alcohol treatment in exchange for a reduced fine and jail time.
She also pleaded no contest to contributory child neglect, a misdemeanor. Adair will be allowed to withdraw her plea if she successfully completes probation.
According to reports, she told officers she had been texting on her cell phone when the vehicle ran off the road.
East Fork Justice Tom Perkins placed Adair on two years of probation, but set a Jan. 6, 2012, review when she may ask to withdraw the plea and have the neglect charge dismissed.
“I am very sorry it happened,” she said. “This has woken me up.”
Attorney William Cole said Adair didn’t wait for the court to order her to complete DUI school, attend a victim impact panel or begin counseling.
She pleaded guilty to her first DUI in Washoe County in August 2008.
Perkins warned Adair she faced prison if convicted of a third DUI within seven years of the first.
“The reason I am keeping such a tight leash on you is not how you’re acting today, but how you acted in November,” Perkins said.
Adair was arrested Nov. 14 after her vehicle ran off East Valley Road about 2:35 p.m., striking the landscaping and a fence along Arroyo and East Valley.
Adair was northbound on East Valley when her 1990 Ford Tempo left the road and traveled 120 feet. The vehicle had front-end damage and had to be towed.
Cole said Adair’s insurance company had paid $1,250 in property damage.
Prosecutor Karen Dustman said Adair’s blood-alcohol content was .153, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 for driving.
Perkins sentenced her to 180 days in jail with 175 suspended for two years. She was fined $675 if she successfully completes treatment. If not, the fine is higher.
Perkins allowed Adair to serve 10 consecutive days of house arrest at her expense in lieu of jail.
She must abstain from alcohol and controlled substances, unless prescription medicine, and complete recommended treatment and counseling. She is subject to random search and seizure for controlled substances.