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Plattsmouth man pleads guilty to second DUI

Plattsmouth man pleads guilty to second DUI

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Cass County Courthouse

PLATTSMOUTH – A Plattsmouth man admitted Monday morning that he had been drunk when he rolled his utility-terrain vehicle on River Road last summer.

Joel W. Adams, 35, appeared in Cass County District Court for a plea hearing. He pled guilty to a Class W misdemeanor of driving under the influence of alcohol-second offense. The state dismissed a charge of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest as part of a plea bargain.

Deputy County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court a Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw Adams driving a vehicle with no lights near the intersection of Main Street and South Third Street in Plattsmouth. The vehicle disappeared before the deputy was able to pursue it.

Adams was traveling near the 16000 block of River Road shortly before 1 a.m. June 24 when he lost control of the UTV. He was injured when the vehicle rolled over. CCSO deputies and Plattsmouth police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the scene. Rescue crews transported him to Nebraska Medicine’s trauma center.

Fedde said medical staff obtained a blood draw from Adams at the trauma center. A test revealed Adams had a blood-alcohol content level of .153.

It was the second DUI offense for Adams in the past five years. Fedde said the first conviction took place in Cass County on April 7, 2016.

Defense attorney Angela Minahan told the court her client had completed a chemical dependency evaluation. Judge Michael Smith set a sentencing date of Aug. 24.

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