A Gage County Deputy arrested on suspision of driving under the influence in August pleaded guilty to reckless driving on Tuesday.
John Patsch, who was hired as a deputy in April, received a $200 fine for the class III misdemeanor charge. He was never formally charged with driving under the influence.
According to court documents, the 47-year-old Patsch was pulled over by a Beatrice police officer in the 900 block of North Sixth Street at about 1:35 a.m. on Aug. 20 . He was driving 42 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Patsch told the officer he was returning home from Pickrell and had consumed four or five beers.
The officer observed Patsch’s eyes to be bloodshot and detected an odor of alcohol, documents said. Patsch complied to a preliminary breath test and his blood alcohol level registered at .082.
He was then taken to Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center for a blood test before being booked and lodged at the Gage County Detention Center.
Gage County Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson placed Patsch on administrative re-assignment after the incident. Gustafson said whether Patsch will return to his duties as a road deputy will be discussed and decided upon in the near future.