A Lincoln man will be sentenced December 19th, for fifth-offense driving while intoxicated.
Doug Kennedy with affiliate KWBE in Beatrice reports Ricky Lee Jacobs pleaded no contest to the felony charge Monday, in Gage County District Court.
As part of a plea agreement, another felony count of driving on a suspended license was dismissed.
Deputy Gage County Attorney Rick Schreiner says Jacobs was the driver of a car involved in an injury accident last March 1st, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and the west junction with Nebraska Highway 41, north of Beatrice.
Schreiner said a deputy made contact with Jacobs, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of his car, after the collision.
Jacobs was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital, where a blood test later revealed his blood-alcohol content at point-one-six-zero……twice the legal limit for intoxication in Nebraska.
Jacobs failed to yield, driving onto U.S. 77 and colliding with a southbound pickup driven by 46-year-old Michael Powell, of Michigan. Powell was hospitalized, in Lincoln. At the time of the collision, Jacobs’ driver’s license was on a 15-year revocation.
A hearing on a motion to suppress evidence in the case was scheduled for Monday, but both sides had reached a plea agreement, instead. Following a short hearing, Gage County District Judge Paul Korslund also ruled that it was Jacobs’ 5th drunk driving offense.
Records indicated Jacobs had four prior alcohol-related driving convictions from Lancaster County, in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006.
He could receive up to 20-years in prison, on his Gage County conviction.
(Doug Kennedy: KWBE Beatrice)