Elwood man sentenced in confrontation with officers

    An Elwood man will serve jail time and probation following convictions in an assault on Lexington Police Department officers.   Officers were called to a Lexington residence on January 12, 2022 in reference to a man who had been knocking on the door.  According to the arrest affidavit, the man had previously been trespassed from the property and one of the tenants of the residence had an active protection order against Harold Beam, barring him from being on the property.

    As officers were enroute to the residence they observed Beam driving and stopped him at the Casey’s South parking lot.  As officers were approaching Beam, he backed his vehicle toward the police cruisers and then drove away at a high rate of speed.  Beam then pulled into the Minuteman Motel parking lot, got out of the vehicle, grabbed a flat metal bar and took an “aggressive stance at officers”, according to the report.   Officers attempted to use a Taser on Beam several times but he ripped the probes from him.  Beam became combative as officers physically attempted to take him into custody, causing injury to at least one officer.

    At his sentencing Monday in Dawson County District Court, Deputy Dawson County Attorney Matt Neher said “Mr. Beam acted extremely dangerous and inconsiderate of law enforcement in this incident.  Neher further stated that “Mr. Beam put lives in danger”.  He also noted Beam’ s past criminal history and asked for a sentence of incarceration.

    Defense Attorney Corey Burns noted Beam was placed on probation in a separate case and that he believed that except for this incident, Beam had started to do well on that probation. 

    In his comments to the Court, Beam apologized and said “that day, it was just not a good day.”   He continued that life was going better for him at this time and that he’d “like to keep it going in the right direction.”

    District Judge Jim Doyle said that Beam’s disrespect and the treatment he shows police officers is a concern for him.  On the charge of Felony Terroristic Threats, Judge Doyle sentenced Beam to 36 months of Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision probation.  A sentence of 90 days in jail at the end of probation could be waived on successful completion of probation.   On the charge of Resisting Arrest, Beam will serve six months in the Dawson County Jail with credit for 15 days already served.   Several charges had previously been dismissed including, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, two counts of Assault on an Officer and Protection Order Violation.

Source: Nebraska Regional News

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