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Las Vegas District Attorney Charges Elementary Teacher with DUI

The Las Vegas District Attorney has formally charged a Clark County first grade teacher with a DUI. Noel Lardeo is charged with a Class B felony of driving and being in actual physical control while under the influence of intoxicating liquor causing death and/or substantial bodily harm to the victim. The charges include one count of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in substantial bodily harm; one count of failure to stop at an intersection; one count of no registration in vehicle; two counts of no driver’s license in possession; and one count of open container in vehicle while driving.

On February 5, 2012, Lardeo lost control of her car and struck a 15-year-old boy sitting on a nearby bus bench. According to witnesses, Lardeo hit the boy after speeding through a red light. After the Las Vegas Metropolitan police arrived, a police officer observed two open, partially consumed containers of vodka in Lardeo’s car. Lardeo was then administered four field sobriety tests with Lardeo’s consent.

On the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, six out of six clues indicated Lardeo was impaired. On the Wall-and-Turn Test, four of eight clues suggested Lardeo was impaired. On the One-Leg Stand Test, two out of four clues indicated Lardeo was impaired. Lardeo then failed a preliminary breath test. Though the complaint only states Lardeo’s Blood Alcohol Content was at least .08% or more. Lardeo told the police that she had not consumed any alcohol since the night before the accident, and a low front tire caused her to lose control of her car.

The boy struck by Lardeo was critically injured; has had one leg amputated, and is still in critical condition. Neither Lardeo, nor her passenger, were injured in the accident.

Under Nevada law, for a first DUI offense in Las Vegas, punishment can include:
• 2 days to 6 months in jail OR 24 to 96 hours of community service with a suspended jail sentence of up to 6 months.
• a fine of $400 to $1000, plus court costs.
• 8 hours of DUI school at the driver’s own expense.
• mandatory attendance at a Nevada Victim Impact Panel.
• a suspension of your driver’s license for 90 days, though a restricted driver’s license allowing driving to and from work or in the course of employment can be applied for after 45 days of the suspension has passed.
• installation of an “ignition interlock device” for 3 to 6 months and/or submission to alcohol abuse assessment, if the BAC is .18% or higher.
If a second DUI offense occurs in Las Vegas within 7 years of the first DUI conviction, punishment can include:
• 10 days to 6 months in jail.
• a fine of $750 to $1000, plus court costs.
• 1-200 hours of community service.
• mandatory attendance at a Nevada Victim Impact Panel.
• a suspension of your driver’s license for 1 year.
• an Alcohol Assessment Evaluation.
• installation of an “ignition interlock device” for 12 to 36 months and treatment in an alcohol abuse program, if the BAC is .18% or higher.
If a third or more offense occurs within 7 years of the first DUI conviction, the DUI conviction becomes a felony, instead of a misdemeanor for the first two offenses, and punishment can include:
• 1 to 6 years in jail.
• a fine of $2-$5,000, plus court costs.
• mandatory attendance at a Nevada Victim Impact Panel.
• a revocation of one’s driver’s license for 3 years or more.
• an Alcohol Assessment Evaluation.
• an “ignition interlock device” for 12 to 36 months and treatment in an alcohol abuse program.

When a suspected drunk driver causes injury or death to another person, additional punishment and penalties can apply. /
Lardeo is being held without bail in the Clark County Detention Center. The preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. April 2 in Las Vegas Justice Court. The Clark County School District has placed Lardeo on an unpaid administrative leave. Under school district rules, a felony conviction is grounds for termination for any school district employee.

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