Former Police Chief Heads to Court on DUI and Concealed Weapon Charges, Special Prosecutor Named

COLUMBUS, Neb. – Online court records show that the former chief of police in Schuyler  will face two misdemeanor charges in Platte County.

47-year-old Leonard Hiltner is charged with driving under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon-1st offense, after an incident in September.

The case will be prosecuted by the deputy county attorney in Seward County, Joseph Dalton, who takes over the case for Platte County attorney Carl Hart, who cited a conflict of interest after working with Hiltner in Colfax County for several years.

The affidavit says Hiltner, who resigned his post as Schuyler police chief last summer, was pulled over after his vehicle struck the curb and went left of center, around 23rd St and 30th Ave. in Platte County, in the early morning hours of September 16th.

The deputy reported on the affidavit a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, bloodshot eyes on Hiltner and the documents say, Hiltner told the deputy he had three to five drinks that evening.

Hiltner failed his preliminary breath test and blew a .116 back at the station, according to the affidavit.

Online records say Hiltner is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, and open container, an infraction, but neither offense is mentioned in the arrest affidavit.

Hiltner’s attorney David Jorgensen declined to comment to NCN.

Hiltner will head to court next on November 15th.

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