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A man was arrested for DUI Saturday after crashing his SUV in Beatrice.

At around 12:20 a.m. Beatrice police responded to a one vehicle crash in the 400 block of North Sixth Street.

Arrest documents state that a white SUV was off the roadway to the east side with severe front end damage and a utility pole had been struck around 70 yards south of the vehicle. A trail of fluid led from the pole to the SUV.

The driver, identified as 42-year-old Tomas Hernandez, allegedly told police that a vehicle was traveling towards him and caused him to veer of the roadway.

He was transported to Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center for treatment and communicated with law enforcement and medical staff through an interpreter, who said it was hard to understand Hernandez, who was slurring his speech.

A preliminary breath test was obtained and Hernandez was transported to the detention center. Dispatch advised police that he did not have a valid operator’s license.

He was placed under arrest for aggravated driving under the influence, failure to maintain his lane and not having an operator’s license.

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