Man Arrested After LaVista Pursuit, Crash

One man is in jail and two other people are in the hospital after a pursuit that ended with a crash in LaVista Thursday night.

The Nebraska State Patrol says at around 6:10 p.m. a trooper observed a southbound Oldsmobile Alero speeding on 72nd street near Harrison. The vehicle also failed to stop at a stop sign. When the trooper attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle fled southbound with speeds approaching 70 miles per hour.

After less than a minute, the vehicle crossed into oncoming lanes and struck at least one other vehicle at the intersection of 72nd and Giles. Two people in the other vehicle were injured and were transported to Bergan Mercy Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken into custody with the assistance of officers from other agencies that had arrived on the scene. 21 year old Robert Ragland of Omaha was transported to CHI Health Midlands Hospital in Papillion to get checked out.  Charges are pending.

The patrol has asked the Papillion Police Department to conduct the investigation into the crash.


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