Probation Term Given in Drunk Driving Crash, That Injured Family

BEATRICE – A DeWitt man who was drunk when he ran a west Beatrice stop sign, hitting a family’s van, has been sentenced to probation.   Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner Wednesday sentenced 30-year-old Jerrod Hamm to a four-year probation term.

Hamm was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, causing serious bodily injury.  He told the judge he knows he did something wrong.

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Hamm was the driver of a pickup that ran a stop sign southbound, hitting a westbound van, the evening of April 15th, last year.  The collision happened at West Court and Sumner.

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.  One of the family members suffered a neck fracture in the collision.

The judge noted that Hamm has not avoided responsibility for his actions.

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Schreiner said now is a good time for Hamm to “take stock of your life and where you’re headed”.

As part of his probation, Hamm’s driver’s license will be revoked for a two-year period and he will not be eligible to drive with an ignition interlock.  The judge told Hamm that the revocation period could have been longer.

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