Northern Nevada sheriff hopeful won’t be charged with DUI

ELKO — Prosecutors say they won’t file felony driving under the influence charges against a former Elko County sheriff candidate because his blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit.

Ronald Rylander, 51, dropped from the race after his March 13 arrest on suspicion of felony DUI. The arrest occurred near the county courthouse minutes after he filed his candidacy for sheriff.

The Elko Daily Free Press reported that prosecutors declined to prosecute Rylander after the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office forensic science division determined a blood test found his blood-alcohol level was at 0.078 percent, just below the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

Police said two breath tests after his arrest showed his blood-alcohol level was at 0.81 and 0.091.

Rylander has two prior DUI convictions in a seven-year span.