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DUI driver who hit deputy sentenced to 3 years

Liz Kellar
Staff Writer

A drunken driver — whose blood alcohol level was estimated at nearly three times the legal limit when he careened through a stop sign and broadsided an SUV being driven by a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy in December 2014 — was sentenced Monday to three years in state prison after pleading no contest to driving under the influence causing injury, with three prior convictions.

William Albert Medlyn, 48, was also facing charges of driving with a .08 BAC and causing injury with priors, driving on a suspended license with priors, being a habitual traffic offender, failing to install an interlock device (meant to prevent anyone from driving while under the influence), driving an unregistered vehicle, falsifying vehicle registration, and driving without insurance.

The deputy was in a marked Ford SUV and driving southbound on Brunswick Road, coming to a stop at the intersection with Greenhorn Road. Medlyn was driving a 2006 Pontiac Vibe station wagon on Greenhorn Road, approaching the intersection at a high rate of speed.

Medlyn failed to stop, lost control of the vehicle, careened across the intersection at a moderately high speed and struck the patrol vehicle broadside. The deputy was able to exit his patrol vehicle and detain Medlyn.

CHP officers conducted an investigation at the scene and determined Medlyn was substantially impaired from alcohol, with a field sobriety test showing his blood alcohol at two and a half to three times the legal limit.

Medlyn has multiple prior convictions for DUI since 2006; he was on probation, had a suspended license, and was driving a vehicle without a required ignition interlock device and that had false registration.

Medlyn was on probation for driving under the influence at the time of the December crash. He had earlier made a plea offer in return for one year in jail and one year in a treatment program, plus probation, but that was rejected by Judge Sean Dowling.

Medlyn also was sentenced in Nevada County Superior Court to 180 days in jail for violating probation, to be served concurrent to his prison sentence; he received 564 days credit for time served and good behavior. He must also pay a stipulated restitution of nearly $18,000 for the damage to the patrol vehicle and the towing fees.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com.

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