Gage County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man Tuesday accused of refusing to let a woman out a vehicle he was driving while under the influence.
Trey D. Saathoff, 20, was arrested for false imprisonment, second-offense DUI possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and an open container violation following the incident.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Southeast Communications received a 911 call from a screaming female. The woman said she was in a vehicle, driven by Saathoff, and he wouldn’t let her out.
The woman advised they were in a white vehicle that just left Walmart. A deputy in the area spotted the vehicle leaving the parking lot and conducted an investigatory traffic stop.
Saathoff appeared to have bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, Gage County Court documents state.
He allegedly showed signs of impairment during sobriety maneuvers and submitted a breath test that revealed an alcohol level of .201, more than double the legal driving limit.
The woman said she got into the car in Beatrice and became immediately concerned Saathoff was drunk, due to his inability to figure out how to turn the headlights on, court documents state. She stated he almost hit multiple vehicles while driving.
When he refused to let her leave, court records state the woman tried to exit, but he accelerated when she did.
She estimated Saathoff refused to let her out of the vehicle 25 times.
He also allegedly took the phone from her when she tried calling 911, but she retrieved it and alerted authorities.
During an inventory of the vehicle, offices found an open bottle of vodka, marijuana grinder with residue, a pipe and a bong.
Saathoff appeared in County Court Thursday, where his bond was set at $7,500 with a 10 percent deposit. His next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6.