DeWitt Man Convicted in Drunk Driving Crash, Causing Injuries

BEATRICE – A DeWitt man will be sentenced in early February, for driving drunk and causing an accident that injured several persons in west Beatrice.

30-year-old Jerrod Hamm pleaded guilty Wednesday in Gage County District Court, to driving under the influence of alcohol, causing serious bodily injury.

Two misdemeanor charges and an infraction were dismissed, through a plea agreement.

Deputy Gage County Attorney Justin Huber says Hamm was the driver of a pickup that ran a stop sign southbound, hitting a westbound van, the evening of April 15th.  The collision happened at West Court and Sumner.

:33                  “I am drunk”

Hamm’s blood-alcohol level initially tested at point-1-9-2.  A witness had observed the pickup run the stop sign, hitting the westbound van that carried five persons.

:14                  “neck fracture”

District Judge Rick Schreiner ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for February 6th.

The prosecutor’s office agreed not to oppose probation in the case, and recommended a two-year license revocation.

Under the conviction, Hamm could get up to three years in prison, a fine of $10,000 and from nine to eighteen months post-release supervision, if a prison term is imposed.

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