Two women arrested in separate NSP pursuits Thursday
OMAHA, Neb. -- Two people are in custody after separate pursuits in eastern Nebraska Thursday.
The first incident occurred in northeast Nebraska early Thursday morning. Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol were alerted to a pursuit in Cedar County. According to a release issued by the NSP, the Cedar County Sheriff's Office began pursuing a Sioux City woman at approximately 6:45 a.m.
NSP spokesperson Cody Thomas said that the woman, 31-year-old Samatha Fredericksen of Sioux City, had escaped custody and was driving a stolen pickup.
A trooper was able to locate the pursuit and successfully deploy stop sticks as the pickup was traveling southbound on county roads.
As the pursuit entered Wayne County, the trooper took over as primary in the pursuit. After a few minutes, the vehicle drove into a corn field southwest of Carroll. The trooper did not pursue into the field, Thomas said.
As the pickup attempted to exit the field, it struck a tree and came to a stop. The suspect fled on foot, Thomas said.
Deputies and the trooper located the Fredericksen after a short search and took her into custody without further incident. She was transported to the Cedar County Jail. Charges are pending.
The second incident occurred at approximately 9:10 p.m. when a trooper reportedly observed a Chevrolet Impala run a red light at the intersection of 24th and Cuming in Omaha. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to yield, Thomas said.
The trooper reportedly initiated a pursuit as the vehicle continued driving on surface streets. The suspect vehicle eventually entered southbound Interstate 480 and continued to flee, according to NSP reports.
After approximately three miles, the vehicle came to a stop and the driver was taken into custody without further incident, Thomas. Six children were located in the vehicle.
The driver, Tiara Cook, 33, of Omaha, then reportedly provided a false name to troopers. She was lodged in Douglas County Jail for flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, criminal impersonation, child abuse/neglect – no injury, obstructing a peace officer, and multiple outstanding warrants.