A Bellevue police officer was ticketed after his cruiser slid on ice and collided with two vehicles during a chase, police said.
Officer Jason Melrose pulled into a parking lot at Swanson Park late Wednesday morning to talk to two people in the backseat of a red Volkswagen Jetta, according to the Bellevue Police Department.
As Melrose approached, the man climbed into the driver's seat while the female stayed in the backseat. Melrose suspected the two had been having sex, and wanted to confirm that female was of age and had given consent, according to police.
The man refused to identify himself and eventually drove off.
Melrose radioed in, turned on his lights and sirens and followed the Jetta south on S.P. Benson Drive. At the intersection with Cornhusker Road, Melrose tried to stop, but his cruiser slid on snow and ice, police said. His cruiser was hit by two other cars in the intersection.
Melrose was taken to the Bellevue Medical Center, where he was examined and released. The drivers of the vehicles he collided with were not hurt.
Sarpy County Sheriff's deputies called to the crash scene cited the officer on suspicion of failure to yield.
Bellevue police later found the man in the Jetta. He was a 19-year-old Bellevue resident, police said. He refused to identify the female, and police were unable to find her. The man said the sex was consensual.
The man was arrested on suspicion of willful reckless driving and flight to avoid arrest.