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A drunk driver is accused of crashing into a motor grader that was cleaning the streets of Beatrice early Sunday during a snow storm.

Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, Beatrice police were dispatched to the 700 block of South Fourth Street where a city employee reported that a car hit the grader he was operating.

Upon arrival, police found a blue Toyota stuck in the snow as a driver was trying to get it out.

Police contacted the driver, identified as 48 year old Terry A. Collins, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Arrest documents state Collins had slurred speech, a hazy look and that the car smelled like alcohol.

A bottle of Crown Royal was on the passenger side floorboard, and Collins allegedly told police he had been drinking that evening.

A breath test revealed an alcohol level of .158, while a later test showed a level of .169, more than double the legal driving limit of .08.

Marijuana and a pipe were also found inside the vehicle.

Beatrice street superintendent Jason Moore said the car hit the motor grader's tire and that no damage was done to it.

Arrest documents state Collins told police he didn’t drink inside the vehicle, he “maybe” remembered hitting the vehicle and that he was not intoxicated at the time of contact in his vehicle.

He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence with an alcohol level above .15, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and an open container violation.

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