Two Omahans will stand trial on charges related to at least two auto thefts and an attempt to outrun a police officer during an April 11 traffic stop, a Douglas County judge ruled Wednesday.

Kristopher A. Sparks waived his scheduled preliminary hearing, which means his case was automatically bound over to district court.

Sara A. Kanger's case also will go to trial, though she went through with her hearing on Wednesday.

Kanger is charged with pos-session of methamphetamine, flight to avoid arrest, theft by receiving $500 to $1,500, theft by receiving over $1,500 and theft by unlawful taking over $1,500. She already is awaiting trial on a felony charge of theft over $1,500.

Sparks, 24, the alleged driver, is charged with attempted first-degree felony assault, theft by receiving over $1,500, flight to avoid arrest and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Sparks' wife, Jordan M. Koziol, 21, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction and served five days in jail.

Contact the writer: 402-444-3100, maggie.obrien@owh.com

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