Sunday night was a busy evening for North Platte police, who charged a woman with a brutal assault and a man with a series of drug offenses.


Wrench attack

The woman was arrested around 9:48 p.m. Sunday, when officers went to a home in the 1100 block of East Fifth. They found Elizabeth Lucas, 37, who was previously involved in a disturbance at the Kwik Stop on East Fourth, police spokesman John Deal said.

Deal said Lucas had a lot of blood on her, but officers determined the blood wasn’t hers.

Deal said her boyfriend, age 66, was contacted and found to have injuries on his arms plus bite marks on his chest.

Police were told the couple had an argument and Lucas hit the man with a crescent wrench several times in the arms, as well as biting his chest.

Lucas’ mother told the Bulletin her daughter was doing household work for the man, including some painting, and he sexually attacked her. She said her daughter defended herself.

The man did not seek medical treatment, but Lucas was incarcerated and charged with second-degree domestic assault — intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to another person with a dangerous instrument.

Second-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment upon conviction.


Erratic deal

On Sunday at 11:16 p.m., an officer went to the area of Wendy’s restaurant in response to a report that a possibly intoxicated driver was in the drive-thru lane.

The report said the man’s vehicle ran a red light and nearly hit a pole, police spokesman John Deal said.

An officer found the suspect vehicle – a red 2009 Ford Ranger — as it left the restaurant, and pulled it over.

Deal said the driver was Victor Nguyen, 25, and he showed signs of being under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. Nguyen performed poorly on field sobriety maneuvers.

However, further tests were negative for alcohol, so a drug recognition officer was called, who tested Nguyen and determined he was under the influence of drugs.

In the process, police saw a bag of marijuana in his pickup and seized it. Then they searched the rest of the vehicle. Deal said.

The search reportedly turned up a scale, several small baggies of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a baggie with several pills of Alprazolam, several pills of Cyclobenzaprine, plus a substance that appeared to be cocaine, according to a preliminary field test.

Suspect drug items will be sent to the Nebraska Crime Lab for further testing, Deal said.

Meanwhile, Nguyen was incarcerated, charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession with intent to deliver.