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Model takes plea deal in Reno crash

A fashion model pleaded no contest Monday in Reno to careless driving and agreed to pay damages after crashing a rented motor home into the city’s landmark downtown arch.

Rosemary Vandenbroucke, 28, of Hong Kong agreed to pay $385 in fines and $985 for damage to the “Biggest Little City in the World” arch and a fire hydrant, said Dan Wong, criminal division chief for the city attorney’s office.

Tammy Riggs, a lawyer for Vandenbroucke, didn’t return a phone call seeking comment on the plea deal.

Reno Municipal Court Judge Jay Dilworth accepted the plea with no other penalties, Wong said.

Nobody was injured in the crash, but authorities said the 40-foot motor home was substantially damaged.

Vandenbroucke originally was charged with three misdemeanors: vehicular hit-and-run, failure to maintain insurance and making an improper right turn.

The Labor Day crash occurred a day after the model was arrested at the Burning Man counterculture festival north of Reno and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

A preliminary hearing on the drug case is set for Feb. 9 in Lovelock.

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