Omaha man waives preliminary hearing on Gage County drug charges

BEATRICE – An Omaha man has been bound over to Gage County District Court on four felony charges.

48-year-old Christopher Arneson waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges in county court.

He’s accused of drug possession, attempt of a felony, tampering with physical evidence and being a habitual criminal.   Arneson also faces a misdemeanor count and an infraction.

His bond is set at $50,000 with Gage County District Court arraignment, scheduled for October 6th.

Arneson was arrested following a traffic stop by Beatrice Police, last June 12th.  An officer observed the suspect’s pickup driving left of center multiple times and over a curb.   The truck was stopped at South 16th and Scott Street.

Police allegedly detected the smell of marijuana from within the vehicle.  After removing the driver, police said a search uncovered suspected methamphetamine.   Arneson was taken to the local hospital after officers suspected he may have swallowed a substance.   While there, police found him to be in possession of a clear bag containing several micro-baggies of suspected meth.

After being medically cleared, he was taken to the Gage County Jail.