9/15/03 2:40 PM Inches: 5.0 REGULAR BC-NV-DUIArrest 09-15 0217

FALLON, Nev. (AP) -- A Fallon man accused of driving under the influence for a third time was jailed after showing up for a hearing while allegedly under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Prosecutors asked that Anthony Joseph Sanchez be taken into custody Thursday when he showed up for a preliminary hearing and officers smelled alcohol on him.

A preliminary breath test indicated he was intoxicated, Deputy District Attorney Tom Stockard said.

A drug test ordered by the judge also came back positive for methamphetamine, authorities said.

Sanchez, 36, had been free on bail following his third DUI arrest in October. He was previously convicted of DUI in September 2001 and May 2002.

Justice of the Peace Daniel Ward revoked his bail and ordered Sanchez held pending his preliminary hearing, which was rescheduled for Sept. 18.

"If you are drunk and show up in court there's a good possibility you are drinking and driving," Stockard said. "We asked the judge to hold him in contempt of court and hold him in jail."

A third conviction of driving under the influence within seven years carries a minimum one year prison sentence.


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