HASTINGS, NEBRASKA – A Hastings police captain has been arrested for driving under the influence after a Sunday accident.
Capt. Gene Boner was driving eastbound on 12th Street between Adams Central Avenue and Highland Road in Hastings at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday when he lost control of his vehicle, said Hastings Police Chief Larry Thoren.
Thoren said Boner was driving a pickup towing a trailer with a riding lawn mower when something malfunctioned on the trailer, causing the pickup to roll. He was not injured.
Hastings police investigated the accident and called for the Nebraska State Patrol to handle the DUI investigation because of an “obvious conflict of interest,” said NSP Capt. Chris Kolb.
Kolb said the investigation continues, but the preliminary breath test indicated enough probable cause to arrest Boner. Kolb said the blood alcohol content results are not yet back.
Thoren said Boner is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation for violation of administration policy.
“No violation of the law” is the policy that was violated, Thoren said.
“The DUI will go through the court system and we will do our own administrative review for the administrative violation,” Thoren said. The Adams County attorney’s office said it does not have a report on the incident.
Boner has been with the Hastings Police Department for 22 years, 10 of those years as captain. He is captain of administration services, which oversees the 911 center and related services.