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COLUMBUS — A Columbus man who attempted to pick up an underage girl outside her house pleaded guilty Monday in Platte County Court to drug and impaired driving charges.

Sergio Duron-Reina, 21, entered his pleas to attempted possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the early-morning incident July 3 in the 2600 block of 21st Street.

Judge Frank Skorupa scheduled Duron-Reina for sentencing Jan. 22 on the convictions. The defendant has been free on a $25,000 bond, 10 percent allowed for release, since Nov. 14.

The meth possession charge is a Class IV felony, punishable by up to two years in prison and 12 months of post-release supervision. DUI and contributing to the delinquency of a minor are misdemeanors that are each punishable by up to a year in jail.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, the county attorney’s office dismissed charges of criminal impersonation, driving during revocation and possession of marijuana-1 ounce or less.

According to Columbus Police, a local woman called 911 at 3:46 a.m. July 3 to report that her 15-year-old daughter had been texting an adult man who was on his way to the family’s home to pick up the girl, who planned to sneak out of the house.

The teen, according to Officer Jeff Uhl’s arrest statement, had a history of truancy and was on probation. The officer reported the mother was hiding in the bushes outside the family residence when he arrived at the scene.

Uhl reported that Duron-Reina arrived at the back of the residence in a 2006 Toyota Corolla and was followed for several blocks before the officer initiated a traffic stop. During the stop, the officer wrote, a white, crystal powder inside a folded bill from the city man’s wallet was discovered.

During a subsequent field test, the substance tested positive for meth, Uhl wrote. Duron-Reina later admitted to lying about his identification and that his operator’s license was revoked from a Jan. 23 DUI in Columbus.

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Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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