Passini Escaped Police Pursuit South of Nebraska City

NEBRASKA CITY – Otoe County officials have issued an arrest warrant for a man they say escaped a Nebraska State Patrol pursuit south of Nebraska City on Dec. 29.

The man, who gave a state trooper a temporary California driver’s license bearing the name Louie Passini, 37, ran on foot after a traffic stop.

Court records say he ran into oncoming traffic on Highway 75 causing a truck and semi-trailer to slow down to avoid hitting him. The man  was brought to the ground by a police taser, but allegedly pulled the barbs from his skin before running to his own car.

He is said to have struck the state trooper’s arms to prevent him from turning off the ignition. The trooper deployed a taser again while the man sat in the driver’s seat, but he pulled away, striking the officer with the door.

An affidavit for his arrest says Passini traveled at 118 mph on Highway 75, but stopped short of stop sticks that had been deployed by a Nemaha County sheriff’s deputy. Passini was heading back to Otoe County, when the state trooper reported his vehicle had been disabled and the pursuit was broken off.

Nebraska City Police Cpt. Lonnie Neeman said police were stationed at the south intersection until 2:10 a.m., but did not see Passini’s Nissan Rougue.

A female passenger in the car had also given the trooper a temporary California driver’s license.