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Multi-State Pursuit Leads to Arrests in Omaha


June 1, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two people in
Omaha after a pursuit on Interstate 80 that began in Iowa Thursday morning.

Before crossing the Missouri River and entering Nebraska, a stolen Jeep driven by Michael Eugene Pierce, 27,
swerved at an Iowa State Trooper, attempting to avoid a spike strip. The vehicle also rammed two Iowa State
Patrol cruisers.

NSP picked up the pursuit near mile marker 452 in Omaha. Shortly thereafter the vehicle lost control and
came to a stop near mile marker 451.

Troopers arrested Pierce, along with passenger Mary E. Kennison, 29, on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking
of more than $5,000, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Resisting Arrest, and Willful Reckless Driving.
Both were lodged in the Douglas County Correctional Center.

No troopers from either Nebraska or Iowa were injured during the pursuit.

The vehicle was determined to have been stolen from Greeley, Colorado.


Editor’s note: Booking photos can be requested from the county where the individuals were lodged.


Cody Thomas – Public Relations Director
(402) 479-4985


Iowa Department of Public Safety
Sgt. Scott Bright – Public Information Officer
(515) 725-6189


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