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Buffalo County DUI arrest leads to multiple charges for Kearney man

At around 11:45 PM on August 26, 2020, a Kearney Police officer said that he observed a male, Jhett Henderson, driving a vehicle in the 2000 block of 1st Avenue in Kearney. The officer believed that Henderson did not have a valid driver's license and confirmed that fact through dispatch prior to initiating a traffic stop. (Story continues below photo.)

Jhett Henderson, 34. Photo via Buffalo County Jail

Court records state that Henderson stopped his vehicle and exited with his arms up. He was then arrested for driving under suspension. As the officer placed Henderson in the back seat of his patrol vehicle, he noticed that the suspect had blood-shot eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol.

The Kearney Police Department officer states that Henderson was taken out of handcuffs to perform field sobriety tests which showed signs of impairment. Henderson then refused a preliminary breath test. He was placed back in handcuffs and into the patrol unit.

An arrest affidavit states that the officer attempted to have the suspect exit his patrol car for a more thorough search, which Henderson refused. In the process of being removed from the vehicle, Henderson is said to have kicked and injured three Kearney police officers.

A short time later, police say that Henderson was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance. After he was cleared, he refused to consent to a blood draw. They say a warrant was obtained for the suspect's blood draw, which was again refused. Henderson was then transported to and lodged into the Buffalo County Jail.

For these events, Henderson has been charged in the Buffalo County Court with three counts of 3rd Degree Assault on an Officer (Class 3 Felony), Resisting Arrest (Class 1 Misdemeanor), 1st Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (Class W Misdemeanor), Refusing a Preliminary Breath Test (Class 5 Misdemeanor), Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test (Class W Misdemeanor), and Contempt of Court.

If convicted of all charges, Henderson faces a maximum of over 13 years imprisonment.

As of this writing, Henderson remains in the Buffalo County Jail and will need to post a $25,000 cash/surety bond to be released.