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Cass County Sheriff's Office

ELMWOOD – An Omaha man went to jail late Sunday night after he led authorities on a high-speed chase through Elmwood, past Murdock and through Louisville.

Omaha police arrested Shawn M. Bryant, 24, at the conclusion of a lengthy car pursuit. The chase began in south-central Cass County and ended in Sarpy County after reaching speeds near 100 miles per hour.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies learned Sunday night that Omaha police had just terminated a pursuit on Highway 75 at Wiles Road by Plattsmouth. Douglas County authorities said they were chasing a male driver who was wanted on a warrant in Douglas County.

Cass County authorities learned a runaway juvenile girl was accompanying Bryant in the 1994 Chevrolet pickup. They also learned the pickup had no license plates and had possibly been stolen.

A CCSO deputy spotted the vehicle at 10:53 p.m. and attempted to stop it on Highway 34 near 144th Street for speeding. Bryant tried to flee from the deputy and began a car pursuit that went westbound on Highway 34. The car chase reached speeds of 85 mph on the highway.

Bryant then turned northbound onto Highway 1 and led the deputy through downtown Elmwood. The pursuit reached speeds of 100 mph north of Elmwood. No other vehicles were present on Highway 1 at the time.

The two vehicles sped around the curved section of Highway 1 west of Murdock and traveled toward the town. Bryant then turned off Highway 1 onto 334th Street and went northbound until he reached Waverly Road. The pursuit then went eastbound on Waverly Road before changing to a northbound direction at Highway 50.

A Nebraska State Patrol trooper took over the pursuit at Highway 50 with a different CCSO deputy driving a secondary vehicle. The pursuit sped through the western edge of Louisville and crossed into Sarpy County at approximately 90 mph. Additional state troopers were stationed at the Platte River Bridge and deployed spike strips to the pickup there.

The spike strips punctured the pickup’s tires and caused the vehicle to slow to 50 mph near Buffalo Road in Sarpy County. The pickup finally stopped at Schram Road near the Omaha National Cemetery in Sarpy County.

Omaha police responded to the scene and arrested Bryant. They also took custody of a 17-year-old female who had been reporting missing from Des Moines.

Police charged Bryant with felony operating a vehicle to avoid arrest and willful reckless driving. He was arraigned in Douglas County Court early Monday afternoon. He is scheduled to make a second appearance in Douglas County Court Tuesday morning.

None of the law enforcement officials involved in the pursuit reported any injuries. The chase also did not cause any damage to law enforcement vehicles.


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