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Nebraska State Patrol: Drivers flee over 100 mph in separate incidents

Nebraska State Patrol arrested several drivers who they say reached speeds of over 100 mph
Nebraska State Patrol arrested several drivers who they say reached speeds of over 100 mph
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 11:26 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - It was a busy weekend for the Nebraska State Patrol, with several chases Friday and Saturday night involving drivers going over 100 mph.

The Nebraska State Patrol and Omaha Police Department announced they did a two-night enforcement effort focused on speeding. They say it was the first of many planned for the summer.

“Excessive speeding has been a problem for years in the Omaha metro area,” said Captain Matt Sutter, Commander of Troop A, based in Omaha. “Each summer, our troopers and partner agencies team up for these operations in an effort to raise awareness and remove dangerous drivers from the road.”

On both Friday and Saturday nights, officers arrested four drivers that fled traffic stops. In each case, an aircraft was able to track the suspects from the air and direct officers on the ground to make an arrest.

Three chases involved motorcycles. In each case, police say the rider exceeded 100 mph while fleeing a traffic stop.

Saturday night Sutter posted a picture of one of the impounded motorcycles. A novelty plate reads “will run.”

Troopers were able to stop the motorcyclist with the help of an Omaha Police helicopter after a chase in both Sarpy and Douglas County. The driver, identified by police as 22-year-old Derek Wagstaff, is facing several charges.

The fourth chase also happened Saturday night and involved a Dodge Challenger that Nebraska State Patrol says was clocked going 125 mph in a 45 mph zone near 144th and Center.

Sutter says troopers used stop sticks to deflate the vehicle’s front tires after a chase spanning all across Douglas and Sarpy county. The driver

“These offenders have demonstrated indifference to the safety of others on the road,” said Captain Sutter. “Excessive speeding is extremely dangerous and can lead to tragic outcomes. These cases are great examples of teamwork between agencies to make the roads safer for all.”

According to officials, the driver of the Dodge Challenge was a 17-year-old and is facing charges.

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