A Kansas man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and six other charges pleaded not guilty during arraignment Wednesday morning in Gage County District Court.
Terence J. Privett, 23, will appear in court Sept. 5th. Privett faces charges of DUI, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under revocation, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer. Privett may face 17 years in prison if convicted.
On April 21st Beatrice police responded to the area of Ninth and Jefferson streets in Beatrice for complaints of a vehicle “revving the motor and squealing the tires.” As police were responding, more complaints were received from the area of Tenth and High streets. Officers reported they saw the vehicle turn onto 13th Street at high rate of speed and then into an alley between May and High streets. The driver fled on foot, ignoring police commands. Officers reported Privett failed to comply with police orders during his arrest, and they forced him to the ground to handcuff him.
Privett has been incarcerated in the Gage County Detention Center since April 21 on a $25,000 bond. Privett’s driver’s license is currently revoked after DUI convictions in 2009 in Gage County, and in March and May 2010 in Marshall County and Cloud County, Kansas.