New judge to hear North Platte officer case

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The newest Lincoln County Judge is being allowed to preside over a North Platte Police officer's DUI case. Sarah Jones is facing charges of DUI and reckless driving. Her new court date has been set for June 6 at 9 am once Jay is sworn in.

North Platte Police officer Sarah Jones waived her first appearance in Lincoln County Court. She is facing misdemeanor charges of 1st Offense Reckless Driving plus 1st Offense DUI with a blood alcohol level .15+.

A new court date is expected to be announced Friday. A visiting county judge will preside over Jones' case. That judge had not been assigned as of Thursday, according to the County Court clerk.

Special Prosecutor, Randy Fair of Ogallala, will prosecute the case. He says Jones' blood alcohol reading after an off-duty accident was 0.185. People with a .08 reading or higher are considered intoxicated under state law.

The 28-year old's attorney Lincoln county Public Defender Robert Lindemeier, filed the waiver on Tuesday, May 7th.

An off-duty member of North Platte Police was involved in a two-vehicle traffic collision on Friday morning. Sarah Jones was off duty when the Lincoln County Sheriff, Jerome Kramer, says she collided her car with a pick-up Friday morning.

Kramer says Jones was driving north, crossed the center line and hit the pick-up on U.S. Highway 83 near the North Platte River bridge.
The family in the pickup, two adults and two children, was not hurt.

Kramer says Jones was taken to jail and a breath test revealed that she was over the legal limit. Jones was taken to the hospital for treatment of her head injuries. Kramer says she was not put in jail because of the injuries. He says that's policy.

Kramer says Jones was cited with Driving under the influence. He says Jones was released from the hospital.

Lincoln County Attorney, Rebecca Harling, says there will be a special prosecutor handling this case. The Special Prosecutor will read the report and decide the charges.

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