Lincoln, Neb. — The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says inmates selected to drive vans for the prison’s work release programs first go through a review of their driving and chemical abuse records.
The department released some details of the policy on Thursday, following a fatal crash. Authorities say 35-year-old inmate driver
Jeremy Dobbe hit a minivan, killing its driver, 47-year-old Joyce Meeks. Investigators believe that Meeks tried to swerve out of the way, but was t-boned.
A news release from the department Thursday says selection as an inmate van driver includes a review of the inmate’s driving record, with particular attention to recent history. The department says drivers also undergo weekly urine testing to check for chemical abuse.
Dobbe is serving 5 to 7 years for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Terroristic Threats, and Criminal Mischief from Colfax and Butler counties. His tentative release is scheduled for October 14, 2014.
Online court records show Dobbe was convicted of DUI in 1999 in Colfax County.
In 2000, Dobbe had a Reckless Driving Conviction. He plead down from DUI in Stanton County.
In 2003, he received a DUI conviction in Platte County; a charge of Exhibition Driving was dropped.
In 2004, Dobbe was charged with Driving Under Suspension Stemming from the 2003 DUI in Platte county.
In 2010 he was also busted for driving without insurance or registration.