Troopers Arrest One Following Pursuit in Lincoln

Troopers Arrest One Following Pursuit in Lincoln

December 30, 2018
(Lincoln, NE)
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Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested a suspect driving a stolen vehicle following a pursuit overnight in Lincoln.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, December 30, a trooper attempted a traffic stop near 27th and Cornhusker on a 1993 Honda Civic that had been reported stolen. The vehicle fled and the trooper initiated a pursuit. After the driver started traveling in the opposite lane against oncoming traffic, the pursuit was terminated and the NSP Aviation Support Division was called in to follow the vehicle.

The NSP helicopter was able to follow the vehicle to the area near Rosa Parks Way and South Folsom. When troopers on the ground found the vehicle, the suspect vehicle spun out near South Folsom and West B.

As the vehicle began driving through a backyard and into an alley, a trooper was able to successfully perform a Tactical Vehicle Intervention to bring the vehicle to a stop. Troopers were then able to immediately take the driver, Damian Smith, 44, of Lincoln, into custody.

Smith was arrested for felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving during revocation, and an outstanding felony warrant. Smith also faces charges from the Lincoln Police Department.

Smith was treated and released from Bryan Medical Center at Bryan West Campus for a minor leg injury and lodged in Lancaster County Jail. NSP was assisted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln Police Department during this event.