A Beatrice woman who left the scene of an injury wreck in June will be sentenced next month.

Carol A. Goracke, 55, entered guilty pleas in Gage County Court to charges of Leaving the scene of an accident and first offense DUI on Friday. Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 25.

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.

In June, 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.

 

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