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The city clerk of Beatrice appeared in court this week after being cited for driving under the influence of alcohol in late June.

Erin M. Saathoff, 40, appeared in Gage County Court Tuesday morning for her first appearance.

According to arrest documents, at 12:20 a.m. on June 22 a Beatrice Police Officer was northbound in the 600 block of South Sixth Street when he saw a silver SUV traveling eastbound in the right turn lane of Perkins Street.

The officer eventually observed the vehicle turn southbound onto Sixth Street without using its turn signal.

Documents state Saathoff had watery bloodshot eyes, heavily slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol. A preliminary breath test revealed an alcohol level of .146, well beyond the legal driving limit of intoxication of .08.

Saathoff was arrested for driving under the influence and failing to signal.

City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer said Saathoff is still working at the city as the case progresses.

“Obviously being a personnel issue I can’t discuss it, but yes the city does have a policy in place pending the outcome of the criminal matter,” he said.

Tempelmeyer said consequences for such an arrest would not be discussed until a later date, noting that a defendant is "innocent until proven guilty."

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