Beatrice Police arrest Omaha man serving federal probation term

BEATRICE – A motorist driving erratically was stopped by Beatrice Police early Saturday morning, and the driver eventually was arrested on suspicion of drug violations and obstruction.

An officer noticed a Dodge Ram pickup drive left of center several times and up over a curb at 9th and Bell.   Police stopped the truck at South 16th and Scott Street.

Police noticed the driver’s hands trembling and he told officers he was looking for Lincoln…attempting to use his cell phone to find directions.

Two officers detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the pickup. The driver had to be forcibly removed from the truck after refusing to exit the vehicle.

A search of the pickup turned up a pipe with white residue, a micro baggie containing a green leafy substance and a scale with white residue.

Police arrested 47-year-old Christopher Arneson, of Omaha.  After he was taken to the Gage County Jail, Arneson was observed to make several attempts to swallow something. He was then taken to the local hospital, where a nurse observed the man hiding something in the palm of his hand.

Police said Arneson became combative and an officer had to forcibly open his hand.  They allege a clear baggie containing several micro-baggies of suspected methamphetamine fell out.

Arneson was taken back to jail, where he was being held for drug possession, obstructing police, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana and tampering with evidence.

Police said records indicate Arneson is on a federal probation term for two counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.