An Omaha teenager was arrested Tuesday night following an accident involving a Bellevue police officer.
Investigators say BPD Sgt. Derek Bees spotted a vehicle heading southbound on 42nd Street at a high rate of speed between High Meadows and Valley View Drive just after 10 p.m.
Sgt. Bees clocked the vehicle going 90 mph in a 35 mph zone. The vehicle immediately swerved into oncoming traffic heading toward the officer's cruiser.
Sgt. Bees took evasive action and drove into the front yard of a home near 42nd and Harrison. The suspect's vehicle struck the rear fender on the driver's side of the cruiser before coming to a stop about 200 feet away. Sgt. Bees took the driver into custody.
The Sarpy County Sheriff's Department took over the investigation and arrested 18-year-old John Shook, who was booked on charges of willful reckless driving, speeding, criminal mischief and carrying a concealed weapon.
He posted 10 percent of a $3,500 bond and is due back in court on November 7th. A 17-year-old passenger was not charged and was released to his parents.
Video from the cruiser reveals in an instant how a routine patrol nearly turned deadly. “He kicks his overheads on just prior to that vehicle passing him, he got a lock on him and got out of the way,” said Bellevue Police Chief Mark Elbert. “He is doing a lot of stuff there at one time in a very short window."
You can see the skid marks where Shook lost control. They stretch all the way down to the bottom of the hill where Shook went into a creek and Sgt. Bees went into the bushes.
Chief Elbert says Sgt. Bees not only saved his own life, but Shook's as well. “You take speed into account like that and a collision, what they could have been, very likely that could have been a fatality accident."
Instead, Shook was arrested and the cruiser is scheduled for a new paint job. “They just rubbed each other as they passed on the back,” said Chief Elbert. “Very, very minor damage, you would call like a scuff on the back of our car."