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Superior woman gets 18-month sentence for sixth drunken-driving conviction

A Superior woman will spend 18 months in prison for her sixth drunken-driving conviction.

Carla Jean Skates, 50, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court on Jan. 13 to a sixth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

She was sentenced to 18 months confinement and 18 months of extended supervision. She was ordered to pay a $2,739 fine, undergo an alcohol assessment and chemical dependency evaluation, maintain absolute sobriety, submit to random urinalysis and install an ignition interlock. Her driver's license is revoked for 36 months. Charges of operating while revoked, sixth offense operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration and speeding were dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint:

The vehicle Skates was driving was clocked on police radar doing 50 mph in a 25 mph zone along North 21st Street in Superior on Sept. 17.

Superior Police Officer Sean Holmgren stopped the vehicle and identified Skates. Her speech was slow and slurred and gave off an odor of intoxicants. Skates told the officer she had something to drink earlier, but did not indicate how much. A preliminary breath test showed her blood-alcohol concentration was 0.143.