Hit & Run Driver Faces Justice

A hit and run driver enters guilty pleas . Jail time will be recommended at sentencing.

22-year-old Lance M. Burgess of Lake Waconda had originally faced a felony charge but pled guilty to two misdemeanors as part of a plea agreement.

Cass County District Court records show Burgess pled guilty to attempted leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, a Class I Misdemeanor, and to reckless driving, a Class III Misdemeanor.

In the incident on May 7th of this year on Highway 66 near 60th Street, a 1999 Chevy Cavalier hit by the Burgess vehicle, a Ford F-350, went off the highway and landed on its top in a field. The sheriff’s report said both were traveling in the same direction when the Burgess vehicle rear-ended the car. The two occupants of the Cavalier, both from Lincoln, were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Deputies located a license plate west of the accident scene that led them to Burgess.

Court records say the plea agreement includes the recommendation for one year incarceration for the Class I Misdemeanor and the recommendation that any jail sentence on the Class III Misdemeanor run concurrently.

He will be sentenced on January 9th.

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