RENO, Nev. — A 37-year-old Nevada man has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of driving under the influence for the seventh time.

Washoe District Judge Jerome Polaha said Joseph Estrella of Incline Village will be eligible for parole after six years.

Estrella pleaded guilty in February after admitting he smoked marijuana before he was stopped by a Washoe county deputy sho spotted a brake light out on his vehicle at an intersection in Incline Village in October 2015.

The deputy smelled marijuana and a blood test detected both pot and methamphetamine.

The judge denied Estrella’s request for a minimum sentence and ordered the maximum possible.

Deputy District Attorney Adam Cate said Estrella’s six prior DUI offenses over the past 19 years prove he is incapable of rehabilitation and poses a danger to the community.

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