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Two Nebraskans arrested by the Nebraska State Patrol in two separate police chases in Lincoln and Douglas County

OMAHA, Nebraska – Two people were arrested as a result of two pursuits that occurred on different sides of the state.

The Nebraska State Patrol reports that during the weekend, troopers were engaged in pursuits in both Lincoln and Douglas Counties.

Saturday marked the beginning of the pursuit in Lincoln County.

On Interstate 80 in Dawson County, it was reported that a Dodge Challenger was exceeding 100 miles per hour. A officer in Lincoln County allegedly timed the Challenger at 132 miles per hour after discovering it.

According to the NSP, the trooper did not pursue due to heavy traffic and instead notified a trooper located further west. The second trooper spotted the Challenger and attempted a traffic stop near Sutherland on the westbound rest stop.

The driver of the Challenger allegedly escaped, traveled the wrong way on the entrance ramp to the rest area, and returned to westbound I-80. The trooper pursued the Challenger, and another trooper placed stop sticks to halt it.

The driver was identified by the NSP as Aaron Abel, 43, of Greenville, Iowa. Abel was arrested and booked in the Lincoln County Jail without additional incident for flight to escape arrest, willful reckless driving, and many traffic offences.

The second pursuit occurred in Omaha on Sunday.

According to the NSP, a trooper clocked an Infiniti G37 traveling 123 mph on I-80 early on Sunday morning.

The trooper sought to conduct a traffic stop as the G37 driver exited at 72nd Street.

Apparently, the motorist did not surrender and fled to the south. The soldier began pursuit.

Eventually, the driver stopped at the intersection of 84th and L Streets, but allegedly refused to exit the vehicle when requested to do so. The motorist is then said to have escaped again, heading south on 84th Street before halting at an apartment complex.

NSP identified the driver as 20-year-old Omaha resident Anthony Ceja Ventura. Ventura was detained and booked in the Douglas County Jail without additional incident for flight to escape arrest, dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and traffic infractions.

Ventura was formally charged with driving a car to evade arrest, with a $15,000 bond. According to reports, he declined his preliminary hearing.

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