An arrest warrant has been issued for a 19-year-old Omaha man accused in a felony motor vehicle homicide after he failed to show up for his twice-daily Breathalyzer tests.
The tests were part of the terms of Eswin Mejia’s release from custody. Mejia was charged Feb. 3 with felony motor vehicle homicide and drunken driving in connection with the death of 21-year-old Sarah Root.
Mejia was freed Friday after paying 10 percent of the $50,000 bail amount set by Douglas County Judge Jeffrey Marcuzzo. The judge set bail on the condition that Mejia participate in a 24/7 sobriety program that requires him to appear twice a day for Breathalyzer testing.
Mejia’s attorney said at a hearing that his client had lived in Omaha about three years and had many relatives in the area.
The warrant was issued for Mejia on Tuesday.
It’s not the first time that Mejia has failed to show up for court.
An arrest warrant also was issued for Mejia in May 2015 for failure to appear for several traffic infractions, according to Douglas County Court records. He appeared in court a day after his arrest in the recent death and pleaded guilty to driving while his license was suspended and failure to secure a child’s safety seat.
Root, a Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln alumna, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada east on L Street about 2:15 a.m. Jan. 31 when her vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by Mejia, police said. Root’s sport utility vehicle was stopped or slowing when it was rear-ended near 33rd and L Streets.
Root died at the Nebraska Medical Center. Mejia, who doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, was treated at the medical center for a leg injury before he was booked into the Douglas County Jail.
Following a blood draw at the hospital, police said Mejia had a blood alcohol content of .241 percent, which is more than three times the legal driving limit.
If convicted of felony motor vehicle homicide, Mejia faces up to 20 years in prison.
The Metro Fugitive Task Force has been attempting to locate Mejia without success, police said Thursday. Police ask that anyone who knows Mejia’s whereabouts contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or at www.omahacrimestoppers.org.
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