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A Fremont man was apprehended early Wednesday morning near Oakland after a chase with vehicle speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

James Maynard, 26, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine with intent to deliver and flight to avoid arrest.

Maynard also was charged with tampering with physical evidence, willful, reckless driving; and obstructing a police officer, along with some traffic offenses, said Dodge County Sheriff Steve Hespen.

The incident began at 12:18 a.m., when a Dodge County deputy spotted a northbound car driving on the shoulder of the road on U.S. Highway 77 near County Road S. The car, a 2008 Chrysler 300, didn’t have a rear license plate.

Hespen said the deputy stopped the vehicle on U.S. 77 and County Road P, about 3 ½ miles north of Fremont.

The deputy obtained the Maynard’s information and asked him to get out of the vehicle.

“At that time, the driver took off from the traffic stop,” Hespen said. “They got into a pursuit on northbound (Highway) 77.”

Speeds surpassed 100 mph during the pursuit.

Another sheriff’s deputy put out spike strips and deflated one of the suspect’s tires at U.S. 77 near County Road M.

The vehicle reached a roundabout at U.S. 77 and Nebraska Highway 32, where the driver lost control of the car.

Maynard got out of the car, fled on foot and went into a cornfield in Burt County.

The Omaha Police Abel 1 helicopter, Burt County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit worked together to apprehend the suspect.

Hespen said the helicopter located Maynard in the cornfield and directed the deputies to him. He was taken into custody without incident.

“During the pursuit, it was observed that he threw an item from his vehicle and the deputies went back and located that item, which was a container that contained approximately 303 grams of methamphetamine, which is a little over 10 ½ ounces,” Hespen said.

Maynard was arrested and charged. He was taken to a hospital for medical clearance and then to the holding facility in Dodge County for transport to the Saunders County Jail, where he is being held.

No law enforcement officers were injured, Hespen said.


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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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