Fremont officers involved in teens' drinking before fatal crash face inquiry -
Published Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm / Updated at 5:07 pm
Fremont officers involved in teens' drinking before fatal crash face inquiry

The City of Fremont will investigate its employees who were at a bar and bought drinks for a teenager before he drove drunk and died, City Attorney Paul Payne said Friday.

Payne said city administrators have known about the incident involving current and former Fremont police officers — Sgt. Michael Diers, Stuart Nadgwick, Terry Luthy and Adam Kully — since several days after the Dec. 3, 2012, crash that killed Jacob Dickmeyer.

Their involvement became public this week during the Douglas County trial of Amanda Heiman, who was found guilty of procuring alcohol for a minor, which is a felony if the alcohol contributes “in whole or in part” to the minor's death.

“While it is the prosecution's job to determine criminal liability in this situation, the behavior of the officers involved is certainly not what we expect from our law enforcement personnel,” Payne said in a statement.

He said the city will request a transcript of Heiman's trial and do “a complete investigation'' of the incident.

Payne indicated that the city had been waiting for resolution of the Heiman case before proceeding with its own investigation.

He said city officials had told the Fremont Police Department “not to interfere with any investigation and that the city expected employees' full cooperation in the matter.''

Payne said he could not comment when asked if any of the Fremont employees who were at the bar had been reprimanded.

Heiman, then a 20-year-old waitress, served alcohol to Dickmeyer, 18, and Colby Burke, 19, at the Fire Barn bar in Waterloo before the crash on West Dodge Road that killed Dickmeyer and seriously injured Burke.

According to court testimony, Heiman was one of five people who provided alcohol to Dickmeyer that weekend, but the only one charged with a felony. Two people were issued misdemeanor citations and two others were not ticketed.

During the trial, Diers testified that Dickmeyer ordered a round for the men at the bar that night. Later, Diers testified, “Somebody reciprocated and bought (Dickmeyer and Burke) a round.”

It wasn't clear which officer purchased the beer, and there was no indication the officers knew that Dickmeyer and Burke were underage.

Diers and Luthy are still employed by the city. Luthy is now a Fremont firefighter.

Nadgwick is an officer with the La Vista Police Department, and Kully is a police officer in Grand Island.

Any consequences for the employees would be as a result of the investigation and possible findings from civil service proceedings, Payne said.

Contact the writer: Emily Nohr    |   402-444-1192    |  

Emily covers Papillion, La Vista, Gretna and Springfield, as well as metro-area roads.

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