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A passenger in a van sustained a fractured neck and other injuries after being hit by a drunk driver Sunday evening. 

The crash occurred at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at West Court and Sumner streets where a white pickup and blue van collided.

Gage County Court documents state Beatrice police observed beer bottles on the ground near and inside the pickup. The driver, 30-year-old Jerrod N. Hamm, was still inside the vehicle.  He was contacted and allegedly told the officer he was drunk. Court documents state police could smell alcohol in the vehicle.

 The van had five passengers, two adults and three children. Both adults were injured in the crash, one sustaining a fractured neck and other internal injuries. One of the children had lacerations to the face.

A witness said Hamm was driving south on Sumner Street and didn't stop at a stop sign before hitting the westbound van.

He was given a breath test that revealed an alcohol level of .192, more than twice the legal driving limit of intoxication. Hamm was arrested for causing an injury while driving under the influence, driving under the influence, reckless driving and an open container violation. 

Hamm's bond was set at $5,000 with a 10 percent deposit in Gage County Court. His next hearing is set for May 8.



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