Two men from South Dakota have been arrested, suspected of fleeing from a Nebraska State Patrol trooper on Interstate 80, then shooting at him.
The incident began with a high speed chase on I-80 east of the Odessa exit late Friday night. It ended at noon Saturday with the arrest of the second suspect in Minden.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports 22-year-old Aleksandr Voznyuk of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and 18-year-old Petr Strizheus of Harrisburg, South Dakota fled from the trooper when he attempted to stop them for speeding. The vehicle left I-80 for Highway 44. The patrol says several shots were fired from the vehicle at the trooper, striking the patrol car at least once. The car turned east onto Highway 6, heading toward Minden, before turning north on Highway 10.
The pursuit ended when the vehicle struck a ditch and the two occupants fled on foot. Additional troopers, dogs and the Aviation Support Division were called in to aid in the search.
Troopers arrested Voznyuk very early Saturday morning near the Ft. Kearney Feedlot after the pilot of the NSP helicopter located a heat signature in a field using Forward Looking Infrared. Voznyuk has been detained in the Buffalo County jail.
A librarian’s tip led to the arrest of the second suspect, according to the patrol. A librarian at the Minden public library reported to the Kearney County Sheriff’s Department that a suspicious subject was there. Strizheus was arrested without incident. He has joined Voznyuk in the Buffalo County jail.
Neither suspect was armed at the time of the arrest. The investigation continues.