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Off-duty Lincoln police officer cited for aggravated DUI
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Off-duty Lincoln police officer cited for aggravated DUI


A Lincoln police officer has been ticketed for first-offense aggravated DUI following an investigation into a crash he was involved in while off duty.

Officer Matthew Brodd suffered non-life-threatening injuries after his westbound Toyota Tacoma hit a light pole northwest of the intersection of 45th and Vine streets at 4:36 p.m. on Dec. 2, a police department news release said.

A blood draw taken an hour and 23 minutes after the crash showed Brodd's blood-alcohol content was 0.17 percent, more than two times the legal limit to drive, according to police. Testing results from the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab were received Thursday.

Brodd, 46, was ticketed Monday. He is not working as he recovers from his injuries. An internal investigation is underway.

In Nebraska, any blood-alcohol test result of 0.15 percent or higher is an aggravated drunk-driving offense.

Brodd was also cited for not wearing a seat belt and speed too fast for conditions, according to a release.

Brodd was the only one in the vehicle that Sunday, a day the Lincoln Airport reported 3 inches of snow.

A witness estimated the truck's speed at 25 mph, and another driver saw the truck fishtail before the collision, according to the accident report.

Officers found five empty Bud Light cans and an empty 12-pack Bud Light box in the snow-covered bed of the pickup, police said in a search warrant affidavit.

In his truck, an unopened Bud Light can was also found on the driver's side floorboard.

A Lincoln police sergeant at Bryan West Campus reported smelling a faint odor of alcohol on Brodd's breath, the affidavit said.

No field-sobriety nor preliminary breath tests were performed by Lincoln police, who cited Brodd's injuries in the search warrant affidavit seeking to take blood samples.

Brodd was incapacitated at the time and couldn't consent to the blood sample on his own.

Charges had not been filed in the case as of Tuesday morning.

Commissioned by the department in 1997, Brodd works in the education and personnel unit.

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