Passenger Gets a Scary Ride

A Beatrice, Nebraska man is facing serious charges, including DUI and false imprisonment following an incident where he refused to let a passenger out of his car.

20-year-old Trey Saathoff was taken into custody on charges of false imprisonment, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-offense DUI possession of marijuana, and an open container violation.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10th, a woman placed a 911 call. Screaming, she said that she was a passenger in Saathoff’s vehicle and he wouldn’t let her out.

After receiving a description of the vehicle, a deputy spotted it and pulled it over for an investigatory stop.

Saathoff allegedly had bloodshot eyes and reeked of alcohol according to documents from Gage County Court.

Saathoff also showed signs of intoxication during a field sobriety exam. Upon taking a breathalyzer, it was revealed his blood-alcohol level was .201, which is more than double the legal limit.

The female passenger said that she got into the car in Beatrice, but became immediately concerned that Saathoff was too impaired to drive. She reportedly asked to get out of the vehicle 25 times and was refused each time.

The woman also reported that when she tried to get out, Saathoff would accelerate so that she was unable.

During a search of the vehicle, police found an open bottle of vodka, a marijuana grinder with residue, a pipe, and a bong.

Saathoff’s initial hearing was last Thursday, where his bond was set at $7,500. His next hearing is on December 6th.

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