A 44-year-old Council Bluffs man was arrested after a confrontation in the parking lot of Nebraska Crossing near Gretna.

Wednesday evening, emergency dispatchers were told that two vehicles had been struck on the westbound Interstate 80 Q Street ramp. Omaha police responded to the scene of the crashes, and authorities put out information to watch for the suspect vehicle, which had continued on I-80 into Sarpy County.

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At about 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, the Nebraska State Patrol was told about the vehicle, a Dodge Dakota pickup truck. Witnesses then reported a second hit-and-run incident in the parking lot of Nebraska Crossing. The trooper located the pickup in the parking lot and saw that the driver was asleep.

The trooper knocked on the window several times to awaken the driver, at which point the driver woke up and immediately threw open the door, striking the trooper in the chest, officials said. The man got out of the pickup and charged at the trooper, the patrol said.

After multiple instances of the trooper separating himself from the man, officials said, and the trooper repeatedly giving him commands, the trooper used a Taser on the man and took him into custody.

Troopers searched the pickup and found an open alcohol container, a firearm concealed in a backpack and multiple containers of marijuana. The man’s blood alcohol content was .171, the patrol said.

The man was arrested on suspicion of assault on an officer, hit-and-run, driving under the influence of alcohol, open container, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana – less than one ounce, and carrying a concealed weapon. He was taken to the Sarpy County Jail.

Kevin Cole covers Omaha crime and public safety news. Follow him on Twitter @KevinColeOmaha. Phone: 402-444-1272.

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