Former Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Enters Plea In DUI

A former Douglas County sheriff's deputy has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and domestic battery.

At the same time Friday, a felony burglary charge and a misdemeanor stalking charge against Jason Cypher, 37, were dismissed.

Cypher was ordered to stay out of the county at least until his sentencing Dec. 3 and to have no contact with the victim, who works
for the sheriff's office.

He was arrested Sept. 14 on charges that he battered his wife and was driving drunk while off duty. He was expected to be released from jail after 35 days in custody.

"It was his decision to move on with his life and put this matter behind him," Cypher's lawyer, Laurence Peter Digesti, told Gardnerville's Record-Courier newspaper.

Senior Judge Edward Dannan said Cypher admitted his guilt under the no-contest plea.

"It allows the case to have a conclusion," Dannan said. "To go forward would mean a number of people would testify, including the victim. This is the best way to proceed for all, including the victims and the witnesses."

A criminal complaint alleged Cypher pulled his wife's hair and punched her numerous times.

Cypher's preliminary breath test for alcohol was .161, more than twice the legal limit for driving in Nevada, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Cypher resigned Sept. 25 after 15 years with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Prosecutor Gerald Gardner said he would request that Cypher receive a one-year suspended sentence and be placed on three years probation.