A 61-year-old man was ordered held on $1 million bail Wednesday after authorities accused him of throwing a woman in the trunk of his car and trying to evade officers.

Robert J. Williams was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. If convicted on both counts, he faces a maximum of 52 years in prison.

About 6 p.m. Sunday, a caller to 911 said he had seen a man strike a woman and throw her in a car trunk near 49th and Wirt Streets, according to an affidavit.

Officers pursued the vehicle with their lights and sirens on and tried to get the driver to pull over, but he did not stop.

The pursuit lasted about 15 minutes and reached speeds of 75 mph, according to officers who described the chase on emergency radio.

The driver crashed into a snowbank at 46th Avenue and Miami Street and ran off before he was captured.

Officers found a woman in the trunk. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.

Williams and the woman were in a relationship, officials said. Williams has one previous third-degree domestic violence assault conviction from 2010.

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Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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