An Iowa man has been arrested after fleeing from Nebraska authorities into Iowa, ramming a Nebraska State Patrol cruiser and a Dakota County Sheriff’s vehicle, before getting stuck in a ditch off I-29.
The Nebraska State Patrol says an NSP sergeant joined a pursuit underway by the South Sioux City Police Department early Friday evening as the pursuit headed toward the intersection of 29th Street and Highway 77.
NSP says the pick-up was traveling 80 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone, passing vehicles on the right shoulder. The pick-up continued to flee, traveling east on I-129 at speeds approaching 100 mph. The NSP sergeant got in front of the pick-up in an attempt to slow it down as the county vehicle approached from behind. The pick-up rammed the NSP cruiser, continued on, crossing the Missouri River into Iowa and onto I-29.
Nebraska authorities continued the pursuit on I-29. The driver exited at Singing Hills, but lost control of the pick-up, ending up in the median. NSP says the suspect rammed the county vehicle and then the NSP cruiser a second time. The driver attempted to flee, but the vehicle was stuck.
Iowa State Patrol troopers arrived on the scene and arrested 43-year-old Larry Johnson II of Sioux City, Iowa. He faces charges in both Nebraska and Iowa.
A Dakota County Sheriff’s Deputy was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The NSP sergeant was not injured.