Woman who rammed way into shop sentenced in DUI
Minden, Nev. — The woman who rammed her vehicle into the side of a Minden coin shop in December surrendered her drivers license as a result of her sentencing for driving under the influence.
Cheryl Kaye Smith, 74, was sentenced to 32 days in jail with 30 days suspended, 48 hours of community service and a $900 fine last week in East Fork Justice Court.
The Pontiac Grand Am Smith drove into the side of Northern Nevada Coin Shop on Dec. 18, 2014, will be returned to her.
According to court documents, she intends to either donate the vehicle to the high school or sell it.
No restitution was ordered at the April 22 hearing, but the insurance company is in negotiations, according to the file.
Smith had a blood alcohol content that was just slightly over the legal limit when she drove her vehicle into the side of the building, backing up and then hitting the wall again and again before breaking through.
Security footage released by Northern Nevada Coin showed the Pontiac crash through the wall as employees scrambled to get out of the way.
According to the minutes of last week’s hearing, a representative of the company expressed relief that no one was injured as a result.
When approached by a deputy as she was behind the wheel inside the vehicle, Smith said she’d had one drink and that she knew she was going to jail.
According to witnesses, Smith backed into a Honda parked in front of Saletti’s, which shares a parking lot with the coin store, before starting to drive into the building.
Northern Nevada’s Minden shop has been closed since the incident.