An Omaha man the Nebraska State Patrol attempted to stop for speeding west of Pilger led law enforcement on an extended chase Saturday evening.
The man temporarily evaded law enforcement after a perimeter was set up north of West Point, but he was later arrested in a taxi north of Fremont.
A spokesman for the Nebraska State Patrol described the following events:
About 6:20 p.m. Saturday, a trooper clocked an eastbound vehicle that was speeding near the junction of Nebraska Highway 15 and U.S. Highway 275.
The trooper tried to pull over the driver several times and a pursuit ensued. Speeds at times reached in excess of 100 mph.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m., the vehicle struck spike strips north of West Point on Highway 275, and several tires on the chase vehicle and a patrol vehicle were punctured.
The driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as Damien Lovell Foster, 26, fled on foot from the vehicle north of West Point.
Several officers from the Bancroft, Beemer and West Point Police Departments and Cuming County Sheriff’s Office established a perimeter around the abandoned vehicle.
The Nebraska State Patrol brought in a dog and a helicopter to help in the search.
The patrol’s dog picked up the man’s scent several times before losing it, and Foster was not immediately located.
Because his whereabouts were uncertain, law enforcement had several West Point facilities lock their doors as a precaution. That included a bank gathering at the Nielsen Community Center and a Great American Comedy
Festival amateur competition at the West Point Community Theater.
About 11 p.m. Saturday, a state trooper from a different area was patrolling along Highway 275 and stopped a vehicle that turned out to be a taxi.
The trooper was aware of the chase that had occurred earlier around West Point, identified Foster and arrested him.
He was arrested on suspicion of flight to avoid arrest, obstruction of an officer and possession of marijuana.
There were no injuries during the chase.