A high-speed chase involving a minivan that was pulling a trailer ended Thursday night in west Omaha with the arrest of a 65-year-old Iowa man.
Robert Basten of Zwingle, a town of about 100 just south of Dubuque in eastern Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, speeding and leaving the scene of an accident.
Around 7:45 p.m., the Dodge County Sheriff's Office received reports from motorists that a man was driving recklessly at 80 to 85 mph. He was eastbound on U.S. Highway 30 near the Colfax-Dodge County line, driving a 2007 Silver Nissan Quest minivan pulling a trailer with an ATV.
About 8 p.m., authorities were told that the same driver had left a convenience store in North Bend without paying for gas, Dodge County Sheriff Steve Hespen said. Deputies began a pursuit after the minivan was spotted near U.S. Highways 30 and 77. The sheriff said the minivan was clocked at more than 100 mph.
Nebraska State Patrol troopers took over the chase in Douglas County near 144th Street and West Dodge Road, with the minivan heading east, Hespen said.
Near 120th Street and West Dodge Road, the minivan slowed to about 50 mph, the patrol said, and rear-ended another vehicle. No one was injured.
The minivan then slowed again, this time to 20 mph, and it was stopped by troopers near 90th Street and West Dodge Road. Basten was arrested, the patrol said.
Hespen said he didn't know why Basten was in eastern Nebraska.