CARSON CITY (AP) — A Nevada state senator’s wife with two previous drunk driving convictions was sentenced to alcohol treatment after acknowledging to a judge she was driving under the influence when she was stopped and arrested in January.The Gardnerville Record-Courier reports that if 52-year-old Sherese Settelmeyer completes treatment within five years, her driving under the influence conviction will be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.If she fails it, she will face one to six years in prison and fine of up to $5,000.Settelmeyer was previously convicted of driving under the influence in 2010 and 2013.Defense attorney Ron Cauley says she is legally qualified and a classic candidate for the sentence reduction program.She is the wife of Sen. James Settelmeyer of Minden, south of Carson City.
The police chief of Georgia’s largest university is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol following a June 18 traffic stop.
Georgia State University Police Chief Joseph Spillane was stopped by the Fayetteville Police Department. Local media report he’s also charged with having an open container of alcohol and failing to maintain his lane.
Video shows Spillane repeatedly told officers he was a police chief. “I’m cool. I’m safe to drive. I’m the chief of police,” Spillane says at one point.
Spillane tells WXIA-TV that he may have had one drink at a friend’s house. However, he says he doesn’t believe he was under the influence of alcohol while driving.
Spillane is free on $2,000 bail and on paid leave from Georgia State pending the case’s outcome.