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Antonio P. Clemmons

A North Platte man is in jail after he drove off A St. late Monday night, hit a street sign and tree, then started pushing his pickup away down the street.

Antonio Clemmons, 35, is charged with his fourth offense of driving under the influence and held on a $50,000 bond.

At 10:50 p.m. on Monday, police went to A and Buffalo Bill Ave to check out a report that a pickup hit a tree and the driver was leaving the scene. 

Police spokesman John Deal said the responding officer found the vehicle about four blocks east, near Carr and Anna. 

Deal said Antonio Clemmons was in the process of trying to push the vehicle down the street.

Clemmons was not injured but showed signs of intoxication. Deal said he failed a preliminary breath test so he was charged with driving under the influence. It was his fourth DUI offense.

Clemmons’ driver's license was previously suspended for 15 years, so he was additionally cited with driving under a suspended license, a felony. And, officers found some marijuana pipes and a Diazepam pill in the pickup, for which Clemmons did not have a prescription. He was cited with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and leaving the scene of an accident. 

According to the police report, Clemmons was traveling west on A street in a white 2013 Chevy Silverado pickup when he ran the stop sign at Buffalo and went off the street to the right (north). He hit a street sign and tree at the corner of the intersection. 

The pickup was deemed to be totaled, Deal said. The front airbags deployed. There were no passengers.

Two other men were recently booked into jail for DUI, multiple offenses.

Joseph Panek, 33, was sentenced Feb. 4 for his third offense. Panek was pulled over Dec. 11 for running a stop sign and failed a sobriety test. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. His driver's license is revoked for three years.

Howard Knapp, 68, rear-ended another vehicle on Nov. 8. The vehicle was stopped at a light at Rodeo Road and Buffalo.

Knapp also failed a sobriety test and began serving a jail sentence on Feb. 6, according to sheriff's records. Bond is set at $35,000. The length of the sentence was not readily available as of Thursday.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/7/2017
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