Hornady Maintains Innocence in DUI Case, Seeks to Face Jury Trial

Lincoln, Neb. — Lincoln City Councilwoman Tammy Ward, facing charges stemming from a September DUI arrest, entered a plea of not guilty and has requested a jury trial, legal documents revealed Tuesday.

On the evening of September 18, police reportedly found Ward asleep in her running vehicle which was parked at Haymarket Park. Following a breathalyzer test, which displayed a blood-alcohol level over the state’s legal limit, Ward was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

“This has been an eye-opening experience for me,” Ward said in a statement the day after her arrest. Expressing regret over her actions, she vowed to learn from the incident and continue serving her constituents with dedication.

In response, local residents and voters have expressed mixed reactions. While some constituents have rallied in support, appreciating her transparency and accountability, others are calling for more stringent consequences for public officials who fail to uphold the law.

The legal process is set to advance with a trial where a jury of Ward’s peers will determine the councilwoman’s culpability in the alleged infraction. Legal analysts suggest that the outcome could have broader implications for public trust in local officials.

If convicted, Ward faces possible penalties that could include fines, suspension of her driving privileges, or other court-imposed conditions.

The case also raises broader questions about the challenges public officials face when personal failings become public, impacting their professional roles and responsibilities. Experts argue that such instances can serve as pivotal learning moments for both the officials involved and the community they serve, potentially leading to stronger policies on accountability and transparency.

As Ward prepares for her forthcoming trial, the incident has already begun shaping discussions around the expectations and responsibilities of public servants in Lincoln, potentially influencing local political dynamics.

The date for Ward’s trial is yet to be announced, leaving the community awaiting further developments in a case that highlights the intersection of personal conduct and public service.