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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Swerving driver eased off Highway 2

  • The Otoe County Sheriff's Department and Nebraska Highway Patrol followed an apparently impaired driver for several miles between Nebraska City and Syracuse Wednesday evening.
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  •  The Otoe County Sheriff's Department and Nebraska Highway Patrol followed an apparently impaired driver for several miles between Nebraska City and Syracuse Wednesday evening.
    A patrol car began following the gold sedan after a report of a possible intoxicated driver traveling west on Highway 2.
    With lights on, the patrol tried to initiate a stop, but the driver kept on traveling at about 55 mph, weaving from the right lane onto the shoulder, occasionally driving off into the grass then back onto the shoulder.
        Another cruiser joined the first a few miles west of Dunbar. One followed the driver, and the other stayed to the left, easing the driver onto the Syracuse exit ramp. Dirt flew, a sign flew over the car, and it spun around, but the driver managed a right turn onto Highway 50, then slowly pulled into a ditch a few hundred feet up the road.
    Highway Patrol and Sheriff vehicles surrounded it, and the patrol officers realized the woman driving looked as though she was suffering from a medical issue.
    The Syracuse Rescue Squad was called to assist.
    Diane L. Hellerich, 52, was cited for willful reckless driving and was transported to Syracuse Memorial Hospital for observation.

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