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.