PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Wyoming woman was given a two year prison sentence Tuesday for her guilty plea to DUI-1st and Aggravated Eluding. In February, 48-year-old Tessa Sandoval admitted her guilt to two of the charges she faced from a November incident in Pierre. Reckless Driving and Contributing to the Abuse and Neglect of a Child charges were dropped. Sandoval reportedly fled from law enforcers after a confrontation with a local person she was staying with. Her blood alcohol level was said to be .145. Police were called to a location on South Brule Avenue November 10 of last year to the report that a woman there was acting disorderly. When officers arrived they saw Sandoval’s van back up and strike a fence. She didn’t yield to police and instead, drove the wrong way through a bank drive through and was arrested at gunpoint by police a short time later. A child was riding in the vehicle throughout the short chase. In court yesterday, Sandoval’s attorney asked that she get credit for the time she has served in jail-just under 100 days. Sandoval asked Judge John Brown for mercy-saying that she can’t change the past-and can only change the future. Hughes County States Attorney Kelly Marnette said the November crime makes for a third felony on Sandoval’s record and said she believed it is appropriate to sentence her to the women’s prison for a period of time. Judge Brown told Sandoval that given her history, he believed a prison sentence would be warranted. Sandoval will get credit for time she has been in jail, but will serve the remaining time of the two year sentence in prison. She is also responsible for court costs, restitution, fines and attorney fees.
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