Beatrice man arrested for 4th DUI
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Beatrice man arrested for 4th DUI


A Beatrice man was arrested for his fourth driving under the influence offense after being stopped Saturday morning.

Just before 2 a.m. Saturday A Beatrice police officer was patrolling the area of the 100 block of North Third Street when he saw a red Mercury sedan abruptly change lanes without signaling. The car also drove in a turn lane for around ¼ of a block, arrest documents state.

The officer contacted the driver, identified as 40-year-old Gerald Bertalot.

He told the officer the turn signal violation may have been due to a wiring issue with the car, and also told the officer his license was suspended. An open beer was observed in the vehicle, and documents state Bertalot had bloodshot watery eyes, heavily slurred speech, and a strong smell of alcohol was coming from his breath.

He showed signs of impairment during sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test revealed an alcohol level of .214.

He was arrested for aggravated fourth offense DUI, driving under suspension, failing to signal and an improper turn violation.


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