PLATTSMOUTH – A former Eagle resident will spend time in Cass County Jail for violating multiple terms of her current probation order.
Lauren K. Dreeszen, 27, appeared in Cass County District Court Monday morning for sentencing on a revocation of probation. She admitted earlier this year that she had not followed several requirements of her court-ordered probation.
Dreeszen was first charged with a Class IV felony of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine in February 2017. Two Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled her over after they realized she was driving with a suspended license. They found a pill bottle, sealed envelope and clear plastic baggie that contained the presence of methamphetamine.
Dreeszen was living in Eagle at the time of her arrest and now resides in Walton. She began serving 48 months on a Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS) probation on Nov. 13, 2017. She was supposed to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation within 30 days, abstain from alcohol and drugs, submit to random drug tests and appear at all scheduled meetings with probation officials.
Prosecutors made a motion to revoke her probation after they learned about multiple violations. Deputy County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court Monday that Dreeszen had failed to report for scheduled drug tests 14 times in the past 12 months. She was arrested for both shoplifting and driving under suspension and later failed to appear for an arraignment hearing.
“She basically failed at most of her efforts to do what she was supposed to do on probation,” Fedde said.
Fedde asked the court to issue a jail sentence. He said he did not believe Dreeszen would be able to successfully remain on probation.
Defense attorney Julie Bear said her client had earned both high school and associate degrees and had compiled several positive achievements in her life. Bear said Dreeszen had struggled with chemical dependency for several years but wanted to seek help.
“I think she has an interest in trying to tackle these addiction issues,” Bear said.
Bear asked the court to keep Dreeszen on probation to allow her to pursue treatment options. She said waiverable jail time would provide an incentive for Dreeszen to remain focused on her probation requirements.
Judge Michael Smith said he felt a jail sentence was necessary because of Dreeszen’s actions over the past 12 months.
“It has been not quite a year since you were placed on probation, and I have difficulty finding anything positive you have done on probation during that time,” Smith said.
Smith ordered Dreeszen to serve 120 days in Cass County Jail. She will receive credit for 35 days she has already served in jail. The Cass County sentence will run at the same time as a Lancaster County sentence Dreeszen began in late October. She had been ordered to spend 60 days in Lancaster County Jail on two charges.
Smith ordered Dreeszen to serve 12 months of post-release supervision after she completes her jail time. The post-release supervision will include many of the same requirements as her previous probation.