A Fallon woman accused of colliding with former Churchill County Sheriff Rich Ingram made her first court appearance Monday in Justice Court.
Jennifer Czichotzki appeared with attorney James Sloan in an arraignment for one felony and three misdemeanor charges.
Czichotzki allegedly hit Ingram on March 26 and fled the scene after the incident. She was arrested May 2 and released from the jail on May 3 after posting $50,000 bond.
She faces one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury and three misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence, a second offense. One of the misdemeanor charge accuses Czichotzki of driving with a revoked license. She was convicted of DUI in December 2013 in Idaho.
The Nevada Highway Patrol investigated the crash and said in March a hit-and-run driver ran into Ingram’s vehicle at McLean Road near the Reno Highway early that morning.
Former Fallon NHP Sgt. Dave Cox said paramedics took Ingram to Banner Churchill Community Hospital. Ingram was treated and released.
NHP spokesman Dave Gibson out of Reno said troopers located the driver of the vehicle, Czichotski, at a friend’s house in Fallon. Gibson said she also was seen at Banner Churchill. According to a field report, Gibson said Czichotski rear-ended Ingram’s vehicle and then took off.
NHP troopers were able to talk with several witnesses after the accident and from that, were able to locate Czichotski.
She will appear for a hearing in Justice Court on July 3.
In other court news —
Three people pleaded guilty Tuesday in District Court to charges for stealing from Walmart on May 21.
Miguel Semental, Tyler Wilson and Sara Louis all entered their pleas after being arrested by authorities for taking numerous items including a firearm from the store.
Semental pleaded to one count of burglary with possession of a firearm. He faces two to 15 years in prison.
Wilson of Lovelock admitted guilt to one count of grand larceny of personal goods or property between $650-$3,500. He faces one to five years in prison.
Wilson’s bail, though, was reduced to $10,000 bondable, although he has a probation hold out of New Mexico. He received probation in September 2013 after pleading to a charge of possession of a controlled substance, according to Churchill County Chief Deputy District Attorney Lane Mills.
Louis, also from Lovelock, also pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny of personal goods or property between $650-$3,500.
She is currently in Drug Court and also has a Parole and Probation out of Lovelock.
Mills said Louis has a criminal history dating back to 2004 and includes four drug charges, one theft count and a failure to appear. Her bail was reduced to $10,000 bondable.
All three will be sentenced Aug. 12.