For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Bays
775.321.4307 (o); 775.771.6049 (c)
The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office has secured a conviction in a felony DUI trial that involved the prosecution of a defendant that had been previously convicted of a DUI. Based on this most recent case, the defendant faces up to 15 years in prison and is not eligible for probation. Sentencing will take place on May 17, 2017 in Department 9 of Washoe County District Court.
Gerald Charles Henderson, 57 from Sparks was found guilty Tuesday on one count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with Prior Felony Driving Under the Influence Conviction after a two day District Court trial. Henderson was charged with a felony DUI by this office due to a previous conviction for DUI Causing Substantial Bodily Harm in 2001.
In July, 2016, the Reno Police Department was called to the scene of an accident that involved Henderson. Witnesses reported seeing Henderson crash his scooter near the intersection of Kietzke Lane and Apple Street, then get back on the scooter and drive a short distance before crashing again. Henderson was injured in the crash and appeared extremely intoxicated. He was transported to the hospital before being released to police custody and booked into jail.
At trial, Prosecutors Mike Bolenbaker and George Smith presented evidence that Henderson had a blood alcohol level of .223 an hour and a half after driving.