weather icon Windy

Man charged with DUI had newborn in vehicle

A Pahrump man is facing charges after he was arrested for DUI on Saturday June 10, with a newborn in his vehicle.

Deputy Nicholas Augustine was performing routine traffic control in the area of Highway 372 and Pahrump Valley Boulevard when he observed a silver Hyundai traveling eastbound on the highway with no working head or taillights at approximately 8:17 p.m., according to a Nye County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

“I conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver whom I identified as Lloyd Kunewa-March,” the report said. “Immediately, I could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle.”

Augustine also stated in the report that he further observed Kunewa-March to physically possess a blank stare along with glassy eyes.

When asked, Kunewa-March told Augustine that he smoked marijuana approximately 10 minutes prior to having contact with him.

Once outside of the vehicle, Augustine requested Kunewa-March to perform a series of standardized field sobriety test, to which he agreed.

“Lloyd performed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk and turn test, and the one-legged stand test, in which he failed the walk and turn test along with the one-legged stand test.”

Additionally, Augustine’s report noted that a 12-day-old infant, born on May 29, was a passenger inside the vehicle.

“Based on Lloyd’s status of being impaired by marijuana and driving with a young child inside the vehicle, Lloyd placed the infant in a position of endangerment by potentially suffering unjustifiable physical pain if he were to cause an accident due to his unsafe driving, and violation of child neglect and endangerment,” according to Augustine’s arrest report. “A voluntary blood sample was collected at Desert View Hospital.”

Results of the blood sample were not provided by the sheriff’s office.

Following the initial investigation, Kunewa-March was arrested and transported to the Nye County Detention Center on alleged DUI and child neglect charges.

Bail amount was set at $10,700.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
A heartwarming Winter Bed Build

The Nye County Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace hosted its very first Winter Community Bed Build last month and group members were not disappointed by the results.

GridLiance proposes transmission line upgrades

GridLiance is planning some major upgrades for its local transmission system and while these could certainly help support solar expansion, company officials stressed that the two proposed projects are in no way dependent upon such development.

NCSO: Two-vehicle collision claims life of Pahrump child

A Pahrump family is mourning the death of a child killed in a two-vehicle collision early Friday evening, Feb. 23. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 160 and Homestead Road just after 8 p.m.

Valley aquifer could reach “critical management” levels by 2055

After many months of painstaking research and calculations, a date has been placed on when the Pahrump Valley’s sole-source aquifer could reach critical management, with officials pegging the timeline at somewhere between the year 2055 and 2060. However, it was emphasized that this is an estimation and with so many variables at play, there is a possibility it could change.

How an injured and abandoned dog in Pahrump overcame the odds

A stray dog that was homeless, hospitalized and facing euthanasia earlier this month is now on the mend thanks to several in the community who helped raise thousands for its life-saving care.

Kellogg Park set for $70k expansion — here are the plans

The town of Pahrump is poised to purchase a parcel adjoining the lands dedicated to Kellogg Park, with a $70,000 offer for the 4.39 acre lot at 3781 E. Santovito St.

Guns, drugs, cash recovered in search could be part of crime ring, sheriff says

Officials from the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Unit are assisting the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest and investigation of a man allegedly found possessing a hoard of guns, drugs and cash, according to Sheriff Joe McGill.

No same-day registration for Nye’s next live tax sale

Nye County is coming up on its next delinquent property tax sale and there is going to be a big change to the process — for the first time, there will be no same-day registration available.