An Omaha man was booked on suspicion of multiple counts of attempted felony assault on an officer and vehicle theft after crashing a white pickup truck into a downtown parking garage Friday night.

Jesse Fields, 33, of Omaha was arrested after police pursued the vehicle — reported stolen Thursday evening by a U-Haul dealer at 90th and Maple Streets — Thursday and Friday nights.


The white U-Haul pickup truck is towed away from the garage at 14th and Douglas Streets after a police pursuit ended with the vehicle crashing through the gate to the parking garage Friday night.

Police give this account:

Officers found the vehicle Thursday night and tried to stop it by parking a cruiser behind the truck, but the driver revved the engine and rammed into the police cruiser and almost struck an officer. He pulled forward and sped toward another officer, who got out of the way before being struck.

Officers pursued the eastbound vehicle, which was traveling at high speeds near Ida Street and Sorensen Parkway. At one point, the driver veered into west-bound traffic in an attempt to hit another officer head on. The officer veered off the road and was not injured.

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The pursuit ended after officers became concerned with traffic levels and public safety.

At about 10 p.m. Friday night, officers were alerted to the U-Haul truck's location and attempted to set up stop sticks near North 90th Street and West Dodge Road.

The driver accelerated toward the sticks and swerved toward another officer, who jumped to safety.


A security camera still of Omaha police pursuing Jesse Fields as he crashes into the Omaha World-Herald parking garage Friday, February 08, 2019.

After a 40-minute pursuit, sometimes at high speeds, the truck crashed into the entrance of the parking garage at the Omaha World-Herald Building at 14th and Douglas Streets and the driver started to run.

Officers stormed the garage and arrested Fields, who was booked and remains in the Douglas County Jail on Saturday.

World-Herald staff writer Reece Ristau contributed to this report.

Reece covers Sarpy County for The World-Herald. He's a born-and-raised Nebraskan and UNL grad who spent time in Oklahoma and Virginia before returning home. Follow him on Twitter @reecereports. Phone: 402-444-1127

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