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One Vehicle Accident/Learner’s Permit Violation

DATE & TIME: 01/12/2021 at approximately 1330 hours

LOCATION: S.10 Road/E. Linden Road

OFFENSE: One Vehicle Accident/Learner’s Permit Violation

CASE #: 2021-0149

On 01/12/2021 at approximately 1330 hours, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one vehicle accident near S. 10th Road and E. Linden Road. It was also reported that the vehicle was on fire. When deputies arrived, they observed a Dodge Neon on fire and in the east ditch on S. 10th Road. The driver, Joseph McCarthy, 19 years of age of Beatrice, NE, was not injured in the accident. Beatrice Fire and Rural Fire responded and extinguished the car fire and an area of pasture grass that caught on fire.

Further investigation found that McCarthy had a Learner’s Permit only. McCarthy was operating a motor vehicle without being accompanied by a licensed operator who is at least 21 years of age, which is one of the requirements. McCarthy was issued a citation for the learner’s permit violation.

Deputy Smith #90313

Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903