NORFOLK, Neb. -- Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have apprehended two people following separate pursuits in northeast Nebraska.
On Monday at approximately 8:45 a.m., a trooper observed a Subaru Outback speeding on Highway 20 in Dixon County. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to yield and fled. The trooper initiated a pursuit.
The vehicle reportedly fled on county roads, with speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour. The fleeing driver then failed to notice signs advising a bridge was out, drove into a construction area, and eventually came to a stop about ten feet from the drop-off of the bridge that was out, according to a press release issued by the Nebraska State Patrol. The driver was then taken into custody without further incident.
The trooper then discovered that there was an adult female and two 15-month-old children in the vehicle. The driver, Dawson Emmick, 21, of Sioux City, Iowa, was arrested for felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, two counts of child abuse/neglect causing no injury, driving while revoked, speeding, and traveling on a closed road. He was lodged in Dixon County Jail.
On Tuesday, at approximately 10:30 a.m., NSP was informed that Platte County Sheriff’s Deputies were in pursuit of a Nissan Altima that had fled a traffic stop, on Highway 81. The pursuit came north in Madison County where other agencies joined to assist. Stop sticks were successfully deployed to slow the vehicle as it entered Norfolk on Highway 81.
Once the vehicle had cleared traffic on the north side of Norfolk, a trooper performed a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the vehicle to a stop. The driver attempted to flee on foot, but she was quickly apprehended. The driver, a 21-year-old female, was cited for felony flight to avoid arrest and was placed in emergency protective custody because of a mental condition.