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NU volleyball player Sweet cited for DUI, accused of striking parked pickup, dumpster
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NU volleyball player Sweet cited for DUI, accused of striking parked pickup, dumpster

Hawaii vs. Nebraska, 12.13

Nebraska outside hitter Jazz Sweet (12) hits the ball against Hawaii outside hitter McKenna Ross (20) during the NCAA Regional semifinals action at UW Field House on Dec. 13, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Nebraska volleyball player Jazz Sweet was cited for driving under the influence and later alleged to have been involved in what police are calling a hit-and-run crash, according to a report by the Lincoln Police Department.

Sweet, 21, received the citation after she was pulled over near 13th and M streets shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday.

Later that morning, a Lincoln man called police and told them his parked pickup had been hit by another vehicle, according to the accident report, and he believed it was the car parked near the turn lane to 13th Street.

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Police believe paint transfer on the truck and a nearby dumpster along M Street matched those on Sweet's vehicle, which was towed from the scene following the traffic stop.

Lincoln Police Capt. Todd Kocian said that, as of Tuesday evening, Sweet had been cited only for the DUI.

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According to police records, Sweet's blood-alcohol content was 0.266, which is more than three times the legal limit to drive.

“Covid-19 has hit many people many different ways," Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook said in a statement Tuesday. "I have seen our players struggle in ways that I have not seen before. We are aware of Jazz Sweet’s incident this past weekend. Jazz is doing all the right things to address this situation and has shown much remorse with her teammates. Our staff and team will support Jazz as long as she puts in the work she has before her in building the trust it takes to be a part of a great team."

Sweet is a senior right-side hitter from Topeka, Kansas. She played in all 33 matches in 2019, hitting .278 while recording 327 kills and 85 digs.

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Assistant city editor

John Schreier, an Omaha native and sixth-generation Nebraskan, is an assistant city editor and has worked at the Journal Star since 2017.

Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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