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Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Mutiple Offenses

DATE & TIME:  Friday, February 8, 2019 at approximately 1946 hrs

LOCATION:  Southern Gage County along Highway 77

OFFENSE:  Vehicle Pursuit, Willful Reckless Driving, Attempted Robbery, Possession of a Weapon to Commit a Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a Peace Officer  

CASE #:  2019-0634

On February 8, 2019 at approximately 1946 hours, a deputy with the Gage County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a Ford Explorer in Beatrice, NE for a traffic related offense. The vehicle fled south on Highway 77 reaching speeds in excess of 80mph. As the vehicle entered Wymore, the Wymore Police Department deployed stop sticks which deflated three of the vehicle’s tires. The vehicle pulled into Wymore Express and a male passenger exited the vehicle. The male ran towards a parked pick-up. The male pointed a handgun (which was later identified as a pellet pistol) at the occupant of the pick-up and attempted to open the locked door. The male then ran around to the passenger side and opened the door and struggled with the occupant. As the deputy sheriff approached, the male dropped the gun and raised his arms. The male refused to follow commands of the deputy. The deputy deployed a taser causing the male to fall to the ground. The male broke free of the taser prongs and ran back to and got into the passenger seat of the Explorer. The Explorer fled south on Highway 77 for approximately 1 mile and came to a rest at Highway 77 and Plum Road.

The driver Tiffany Shulka, age 28, of Lincoln, NE  and passenger Jovan Travis, age 32, of Birmingham, AL were taken into custody.

A methamphetamine pipe was recovered as evidence.

Sergeant Jason Sharp, 90319

Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903