Gage County Law Officers Investigate Friday, Saturday Injury Mishaps

BEATRICE – Gage County Sheriff’s investigators have released details on two injury accidents happening last Friday and Saturday.

One of the mishaps involved an all-terrain vehicle, in the rural Blue Springs area. The other involved a driver arrested for impairment.

Officers were sent to Beatrice Community Hospital on a report of an ATV rollover.  They learned the operator, 23-year-old Dakotah Houseman of Wymore, was driving a 2007 Can-Am eastbound on the B-Line Road east of Blue Springs at around 3:19 a.m. Saturday, when a deer jumped onto the roadway.

The ATV went out-of-control and off the roadway, where it struck a culvert and went airborne.  A female passenger was injured and taken to the Beatrice hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators say neither rider was wearing a helmet.

Friday night at about 11:35, sheriff’s deputies, Beatrice city and rural fire personnel were sent to a single vehicle accident at Nebraska Highway 4 and West Juniper Road, near the Homestead National Monument.  Investigators determined that a 2006 Pontiac G-6 driven by 24-year-old Daniel Shibley, of Lincoln, was traveling east on Highway 4.  The car went into the north ditch, rolling over and coming to rest on its’ side.

A passenger, 20-year-old Kendra Barnts, of Fairbury, was transported by ambulance to Bryan LGH West in Lincoln, for non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say the driver, Shibley, was arrested for alleged driving-while-intoxicated.  Safety restraints were not in use, during the accident.

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