Police Beat

A man was arrested Saturday after police say he stole a vehicle and damaged it while driving intoxicated.

A North Platte officer on patrol saw a gray 2005 Pontiac Bonneville driving erratically about 3 p.m. Saturday near Fourth Street and Buffalo Bill Avenue, according to a police report. The vehicle was speeding, turned a corner aggressively and had parts hanging off as if an accident recently occurred, the report said.

The officer stopped the car and administered field sobriety tests after the driver showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol, police said. The driver did not have a Nebraska license, and the vehicle was not registered to him.

Police said the man’s statements about who owned the car and how it got damaged did not make much sense, but he did indicate that he struck a bank with the car.

The owner of the vehicle was contacted and said they did not know the driver. The car had been left at DJ’s Automotive for repairs earlier in the week, and the owner said it should have still been there.

DJ’s was contacted and told police that the driver had taken the vehicle 20 minutes before he was pulled over.

Police also went to First National Bank at 300 E. Philip Ave. and found parts of the Pontiac littering the ground near a pillar in the bank drive-thru. Reports say damage to the pillar is estimated at $500, and damage to the vehicle is about $3,000.

The man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicle theft.

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