A 20-year-old man driving a motorcycle struck a police traffic officer with his helmet Friday near the U.S. Senior Open, then led authorities on a high-speed chase.
Omaha police said the driver, Justin Dawson, was arrested on suspicion of felony assault of an officer, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.
The pursuit reached speeds of 115 mph before authorities arrested Dawson and his female passenger near 108th Street and Bennington Road, said Officer James Shade, a police spokesman.
Shade said Officer Karl Koch was directing traffic when he was hit by Dawson’s helmet just north of 72nd and Reynolds Streets.
Shade said Koch directed the driver to stop with his hand held out in front. He said Dawson accelerated and then hit Koch’s hand with his helmet. Shade said Koch refused assistance from paramedics.
Police were notified about 12:15 p.m. of a motorcyclist driving in a reckless manner in heavy traffic near 60th Street and Country Club Road.
As Dawson weaved in and out of golf-tournament traffic, Shade said, the bike struck the stick of a sign signaling drivers to stop. Dawson then drove past Koch, hitting the officer’s hand.
Dawson continued north on 72nd Street and headed west on Highway 36 before he was pulled over.