Douglas lawmaker’s wife faces DUI count |

Douglas lawmaker’s wife faces DUI count

Record-Courier Staff Report

The wife of Sen. James Settelmeyer was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving after deputies reportedly were alerted to her erratic driving.

Sherese Settelmeyer, 48, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and failing to maintain a lane. She was released from Douglas County Jail on $3,000 bail and is set for an Aug. 5 appearance in East Fork Justice Court.

According to court documents:

Settelmeyer’s blood alcohol content tested between .253 and .320, up to four times the legal limit for drivers of .08.

The arresting officer reported Settelmeyer was so intoxicated, he took her to Carson Valley Medical Center for clearance before booking her.

Deputies were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. on the report of a vehicle failing to maintain its lane and almost causing several crashes as it approached Minden, traveling south on U.S. Highway 395.

As a deputy approached, heading north, he said the Nissan SUV was traveling with its headlights off.

Vehicles behind the Nissan flashed their front headlights to gain the deputy’s attention.

The deputy said the SUV almost came to a stop near the east curb of U.S. 395 at the Stratton Center. A driver began to pass at the same time the Nissan accelerated and drove into the passing lane, forcing the passing driver into the center turn lane to avoid a collision.

The deputy activated his emergency lights, and the Nissan stopped on the southwest corner sidewalk at Cemetery Road and U.S. 395 in Gardnerville.

Also according to court documents:

As the deputy approached, the driver began backing up. The deputy opened the driver’s door, placed his right arm across the driver’s face, jumped onto the floorboard and hit the brake pedal.

The deputy said he recognized Settelmeyer. He said she exited the vehicle but was unable to stand.

The officer said he smelled alcohol, and that Settelmeyer’s speech was unintelligible.

Settelmeyer is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing and may not drive. She is forbidden to consume alcohol or controlled substances without a prescription.

According to reports, Settelmeyer was convicted of DUI in November 2010 and March 1995.