On Thursday, May 30, an officer on normal patrol was westbound in the 1700 block of W. Rodeo Ave. when he met a vehicle traveling the other way, apparently at high speed.

The officer activated his radar, which verified the vehicle was going 74 mph in a 35-mph zone, police spokesman Jeremiah Johnson said.

Johnson said the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, but it did not stop and appeared to make evasive maneuvers, including unsafe lane changes. The driver tried to turn onto N. Adams Ave., proceeded onto a sidewalk, and went into a parking lot at Adams Ave. and Rodeo Road, nearly hitting the business building at the intersection. 

Johnson said the vehicle finally came to a stop at the intersection of 11th and Curtis Ave.

The driver was detained and identified as Jacoby Botts, 19. The officer detected a strong odor of intoxicants from Botts and conducted a standardized field sobriety test, which showed more signs of impairment, Johnson said.

Botts was taken to the Lincoln County jail, charged with:

• DUI-Alcohol, a Class W misdemeanor.

• Operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class IV felony.

• Willful reckless driving, a Class II misdemeanor.

• As well as these infractions: No proof of insurance, no operator’s license, zero tolerance violation and traveling 35 mph above the speed limit.


On Thursday, May 23, a police officer went to the 800 block of West A to check out a report of an unwanted person who was causing a disturbance. 

Kara A. Jackson

The woman was identified as Kara Jackson, who was upset about a civil matter and began yelling and causing a disturbance, police spokesman Jeremiah Johnson said.

Jackson was asked to leave the property several times. She not only refused, she threatened to start a fire and burn the residence down if she did not receive what she wanted. 

Police took Jackson into custody and charged her with disturbing the peace (Class III misdemeanor) and second-degree criminal trespassing, a Class III misdemeanor.)

When she was searched, police found a torch lighter as well as a butane lighter.  Jackson was further charged with making terroristic threats, a Class IIIA felony, for threatening to burn the house to the ground and having the capability to do so, Johnson said.

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