Woman charged with seven counts regarding theft, obstruction, tampering with witness

YORK – Sarah Scamehorn, 27, of Kearney, has been charged with seven counts in York County District Court related to theft, obstruction, tampering with a witness, driving under the influence, authorized use of a vehicle, failure to being an order from law enforcement and refusal to test.

Her case has been bound over and arraignment proceedings were scheduled for this week in York County District Court.

The situation began when the Nebraska State Patrol was informed a stolen vehicle from Kearney was being tracked by OnStar as it traveled east on Interstate 80.

Troopers saw the vehicle and were informed that OnStar (according to court documents) would flash the lights on the vehicle, which happened. The troopers activated emergency lights and was further informed OnStar would disconnect the accelerator. The vehicle began to slow down and it was on the shoulder moving at about 10 mph. The trooper behind the vehicle also allegedly saw the driver – Scamehorn – drink what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage.

Scamehorn exited the vehicle and was arrested.

They found an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle and said in the affidavit she appeared to be under the influence. It is alleged Scamehorn told them she swallowed a large amount of pills and requested medical attention. But they also added that as they were trying to close the door to the cruiser, she became argumentative and refused to place her legs inside the vehicle.

It is alleged that while she was at York General Hospital, she was argumentative and uncooperative with emergency room staff. They also said she refused to test. They said she began to spit on the floor and kick a trash can, as well as purposely vomit on the floor.

While she was being transported to the York County Jail, it is alleged she began to kick the window in the patrol unit. She is also accused of kicking at corrections officers.

Another charge evolved as it is alleged Scamehorn attempted to have the owner of the vehicle fraudulently tell the county attorney’s office she had permission to use the vehicle.

Court documents indicate she is a multi-state/multi-source offender. She has an active warrant in Lancaster County for two counts of disturbing the peace, second degree trespassing and four warrants in Buffalo County for possession of a controlled substance, disturbing the peace, criminal mischief, false reporting and two counts of committing child abuse.


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