COLUMBUS — A 29-year-old Cozad man reported driving erratically along U.S. Highway 30 before locking up his brakes and going into a roadside ditch will appear in county court next week on suspicion of child abuse and driving under the influence of drugs.
Clinton Cook, who has not been formally charged by the Platte County Attorney’s Office, is scheduled for a felony first appearance hearing Wednesday.
He was arrested for child abuse, driving under the influence of drugs and driving under suspension in the Aug. 4 incident.
Cook was driving east on Highway 30 when another motorist reported his vehicle was weaving on the highway, according to a Platte County Sheriff’s Office investigation.
Deputy Christopher Spale reported he followed the Chrysler Pacifica and observed the vehicle drive on the shoulder twice before initiating a traffic stop in the parking lot at AJ’s Convenience Store in Duncan.
In addition to Cook, the vehicle was occupied by a 33-year-old woman and 9-year-old child, Spale wrote in his probable cause arrest statement.
The adult female passenger said Cook had been driving erratically and, after he went into a ditch, she no longer let him drive. Meanwhile, the deputy wrote, Cook was hazy about the incident and admitted he had taken Xanax, a prescription medication to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
The child reported that Cook's driving scared her, Spale wrote. The young girl said she yelled at him to stop, but he didn’t stop right away, the deputy wrote.