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Nebraska State Patrol arrests Bellevue man in overnight chase

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Posted at 1:58 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 14:59:43-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested a Bellevue man early Thursday after a pursuit with a stolen vehicle that crossed the Nebraska-Iowa border multiple times.

The Nebraska State Patrol said they were notified that a car driven by 34-year-old Christopher Holsten had fled a traffic stop with the Council Bluffs Police Department just after 2 a.m. and was going toward Nebraska on Interstate 480.

Troopers said Holsten was driving 81 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone on I-480 as he entered Nebraska.

Troopers said they tried a traffic stop but the car accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour and fled southbound on I-480.

According to troopers, the car then entered Interstate 80, traveling eastbound toward Iowa.

At that point, troopers stopped the pursuit at the Iowa border and police in Council Bluffs took over. They were able to deploy spike strips to slow the car but police said it traveled back into Nebraska in I-80.

Troopers then again chased the car as it turned northbound on I-480 before exiting and beginning to drive on surface streets near the Martha Street exit.

A trooper was able to perform a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the car to a stop near 28th and Harney. According to troopers, Holsten fled on foot, climbed a fence and fled back towards I-480. He was located at the Farnam Bridge and taken into custody.

He was charged with flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, possession of a methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by receiving stolen property – over $5,000, obstructing a peace officer, driving under suspension, and traffic violations. He was lodged in Douglas County Jail.

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