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North Platte police officer charged with drunken driving

May 9, 2019

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — A special prosecutor has charged an off-duty North Platte police officer who was involved in a crash last month with drunken driving.

The North Platte Telegraph reports that 28-year-old Sarah Jones is charged with first-offense reckless driving and first-offense DUI, both misdemeanors.

The prosecutor says Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded April 19 to a report of a crash on U.S. Highway 83 and found a pickup truck on its side and a sedan with heavy front-end damage. The pickup’s occupants were uninjured, but Jones — who was driving the car — was taken to a hospital for treatment. Deputies say her blood alcohol level tested at .185, which is more than twice the legal limit to drive.

If convicted, Jones could face some jail time.

Police Chief Daniel Hudson says Jones is still employed by the department, but has been off street duty since the crash.

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Information from: The North Platte Telegraph, http://www.nptelegraph.com

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