Any law enforcement officer with the power to arrest for traffic violations may take a person who is intoxicated and, in the judgment of the officer, dangerous to himself or herself or others or who is otherwise incapacitated from any public property. An officer removing an intoxicated person from public property shall make a reasonable effort to take such intoxicated person to his or her home or to any hospital, clinic, alcoholism center or medical doctor as may be necessary to preserve life or to prevent injury. If these measures are unsuccessful or are not feasible, the officer may then place such intoxicated person in civil protective custody; except that, civil protective custody shall be used only as long as it necessary to preserve life or to prevent injury and under no circumstances longer than 12 hours. The placement of such person in civil protective custody shall be recorded at the facility or jail at which he or she is delivered and communicated to his or her family or next of kin if he, she or they can be located or to such person designated by the person taken into civil protective custody. The law enforcement officer who acts in compliance with this section shall be deemed to be acting in the course of his or her official duty and shall not be criminally or civilly liable for such actions. The taking of an individual into civil protective custody under this section shall not be considered an arrest. No entry or other record shall be made to indicate that the person has been arrested or charged with a crime. For purposes of this section, PUBLIC PROPERTY shall mean any public right-of-way, street, highway, alley, park or other state, county or municipally-owned property.
(Prior Code, § 10-124)  Penalty, see § 10.99
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   Related provisions, see Neb. RS 53-1,121