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Lincoln City Council chair cited for DUI after Tuesday night crash, police say

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Lincoln City Council chair Tammy Ward, shown at a meeting earlier this month, was injured in a single-vehicle crash near her Lincoln home on Tuesday. Police cited the first-term council member for DUI.

Lincoln City Councilwoman Tammy Ward was hospitalized with "suspected serious injuries" and later ticketed for DUI and negligent driving after she crashed her car into a parked vehicle Tuesday night in west Lincoln, according to the police department.

The crash happened less than a block from Ward's home around 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, when Lincoln Police responded to the 2000 block of Surfside Drive, near Capitol Beach. They found Ward's 2009 Toyota Corolla had crashed into a tree, the department said. 

Tammy Ward


Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews took Ward to a local hospital for lower-leg injuries sustained in the crash, which investigators suspected to be serious, according to the crash report.  

It's unclear if Ward is still hospitalized. 

Ward, 63, had been westbound on Surfside Drive when she struck a parked vehicle and continued further down the street, police said.

Nearly a block after making contact with the parked car, Ward's Toyota left the roadway, striking a mailbox and continuing east before colliding with the tree, according to crash report.

Officers "discovered evidence" of alcohol use and conducted a blood draw, the results of which are pending, the police department said Tuesday morning in a news release. 

Ward's heavily damaged Toyota was towed from the scene. 

An area resident told investigators a camera on his house showed Ward's vehicle traveling at "well above" the posted speed limit of 25 mph when she lost control of the Toyota and wrecked, according to the crash report.

Tammy Ward crash report diagram

Ward told investigators she had two glasses of wine at dinner Tuesday night and said she is prone to seizures, according to the report. Investigators noted Ward was under the influence and "ill" when she crashed. 

She said she did not remember anything about the crash, investigators noted.

Ward, the council's chairperson, did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

Tom Beckius, the vice chair, issued a statement on behalf of the other council members.

"The Lincoln City Council is aware of Councilwoman Ward’s accident on Tuesday night," Beckius said. "Our primary concern at this time is her health and well-being. We wish our colleague and friend well as she recovers.”

First elected to the council in 2019, Ward represents District 4, which includes northwest Lincoln. The seat is up for re-election next year.

Ward, a Democrat, is a consultant with her own business, offering services in the areas of advocacy, governmental affairs and community outreach to a variety of clients representing seniors and veterans.

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A Kansas City, Missouri, native, Andrew Wegley joined the Journal Star as breaking news reporter after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2021.

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