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Grand Island man faces DUI charges after passenger breaks neck in fall

Grand Island man faces DUI charges after passenger breaks neck in fall

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Charges were filed against a Grand Island man after a passenger in his Jeep fell out and broke his neck.

Tyler J. Dalland, 28, was charged in Hall County Court Monday morning with felony operation of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury and misdemeanor second-offense driving under the influence for the incident that occurred early Sunday.

According to court documents, Dalland's preliminary breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.22. The legal limit for driving in Nebraska is 0.08.

About 1 a.m. Sunday, Donald Fillinger, 55, of Grand Island fell out of the passenger side of a 1991 Jeep Wrangler driven by Dalland, police said. The Jeep didn't have doors and officers don't believe Fillinger was using a seat belt.

According to court documents, Fillinger broke his neck and dislocated a shoulder in the fall. He was in good condition Monday at St. Francis Medical Center, according to the hospital's marketing department.

Hall County Judge Philip Martin appointed the Hall County public defender's office to represent Dalland and set his preliminary hearing for Oct. 22. Dalland was released on his own recognizance.

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