A Beatrice woman who was arrested for driving under the influence after leaving the scene of a crash earlier this year was sentenced to jail.

Carol A. Goracke, 55, was sentenced to serve 30 days and will have her license revoked for six months for leaving the scene of an accident. She was also sentenced to pay a $500 fine, serve a concurrent 30 days and had her license revoked for a concurrent six months for driving under the influence.

Goracke was arrested in June after a Gage County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to a wreck at Highway 77 and East Elk Road. While going to the scene, the deputy was advised one of the vehicles had left.

The Maroon Buick was found more than a mile east on Elm Road with severe damage to the passenger's side and two flat tires. The vehicle also had license plates that belonged to a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.

The driver, Goracke, said she was crossing the highway when she struck a vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. The driver and passenger of the Cruze sustained minor injuries.

Goracke said she drove away because she got scared. The deputy suspected she was under the influence. The deputy could smell alcohol and she had bloodshot eyes.

Court documents state she was not asked to perform field sobriety maneuvers because she had been involved in a wreck.

She was taken to the sheriff's office and refused to give an adequate breath sample.

Additional charges of failure to yield, unlawful display of plates, refusing to submit to a pretest and refusing to submit to a test were dismissed as part of a plea agreement in August.



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