Would-be fourth offense DUI offender to be re-sentenced after violating probation

YORK – A man accused of fourth offense driving under the influence took a plea agreement last year, which allowed him to plead no contest to third offense DUI instead.

He was sentenced to probation last year, but this week he was back in York County District Court for a status hearing during which he admitted to violating the terms of his probation.

This case against Taylor Nelson, 31, of Hastings, began when Nebraska State Patrol troopers were dispatched on the report of a possible drunk driver, who was westbound on Interstate 80 near Seward.

When troopers located Nelson, according to court documents, they saw him drive onto the shoulder and cross the center line, back and forth between driving lanes. A traffic stop was initiated.

Court documents indicate Nelson appeared to be drunk and troopers could smell alcohol on his person.

It was found that Nelson had a 15-year driver’s license revocation from a third offense DUI. The other three DUI convictions were in Adams County.

The troopers said Nelson became upset and said he wanted to leave, as well as that he would not be submitting to any testing.

Initially, Nelson was charged with fourth offense DUI, which is a Class 2A felony. That was amended to third offense DUI, a misdemeanor, to which he pleaded no contest. He also pleaded no contest to driving under revocation from DUI, a Class 4 felony. The charges of refusal to test and obstruction of an officer were dismissed.

Now that it’s been confirmed he violated probation, he will be re-sentenced in York County District Court on Nov. 21.

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