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Woman sentenced to treatment rather than prison time for DUI

MINDEN – A South Lake Tahoe woman who told counselors that she had been arrested for drunken driving five times in her life was allowed to participate in an intensive treatment program instead of going to prison.

Sherrie Lynn Moore, 34, was arrested for a third driving under the influence offense Oct. 17 after Douglas County Alternative Sentencing Officer Doug Swalm recognized her driving down Kingsbury Grade.

She was weaving over the center line when she was stopped. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit, and she had an open container in her vehicle.

Douglas County District Judge Dave Gamble told Moore that he had mixed feelings about letting her into the diversion program.

“You are on the ragged edge of someone I would consider for this program,” he said. “You have a truly serious alcohol addiction. You are death on the highway waiting to happen – either yours or someone else’s.”

Gamble released Moore under the alternative sentencing supervision to go to treatment and put her affairs in order. “This will be the most difficult period for you,” he said. “If you use alcohol between now and inpatient treatment, I will send you to prison.”

— A Carson City woman received a suspended 32-month prison sentence for forging two checks from a South Lake Tahoe motel.

April Dawn Carpenter, 30, admitted to forging checks amounting to about $1,600 from the Tahoe Queen Motel and cashing them July 24, 2006, at the Lakeside Inn.

The owner of the motel discovered the theft four months later and reported it to South Lake Tahoe police.

Judge Dave Gamble suspended the sentence for three years on Tuesday. “This is the opportunity to make a change you say you want to make in your life,” he said.

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