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Reno man found guilty of DUI with previous felony DUI conviction

Reno man found guilty of DUI with previous felony DUI conviction

A Reno man has been found guilty on Friday of one count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol With a Prior Felony Driving Under the Influence Conviction.

36-year-old Jessie Edward Lovell could face up to 15 years in jail. His sentencing is set for July 26 at the Washoe County District Court.

Lovell was arrested in February by Sparks Police in which he showed several signs of impairment including confusion when looking for registration and insurance items.

When stopped, he admitted to drinking "two beers". He was taken into custody and was booked on a felony DUI charge based on the fact that he had a prior conviction for felony DUI in 2013 for which he served time in prison.

During trial, Deputy District Attorney Christopher Day and Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hoppe argued that the evidence against Lovell was overwhelming, including the fact that his blood alcohol content, .231, was nearly three times the legal limit.

In Nevada, a prior conviction for a felony DUI allows subsequent DUI offenses to be charged as felonies.

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