Former Fugitive Back in Jail

An inmate on the loose is back in custody but it took some work to put him back in a cell.

Thirty-two-year-old Joshua Peterson was on the run for a month until authorities pinned him down at the end of a high speed chase.

That chase lasted about an hour Saturday and snaked through two counties.

Janelle Bedsell saw part of it as it ended. "I heard the flat tire," she said. "By the time I got to the door I heard the crash. The cop had already had him on the ground with his knee in the middle of his back trying to put the cuffs on him."

Peterson had walked away from work release. Authorities believe he might have stolen a vehicle during his time on the run.

Janelle Bedsell says he crashed into a couple of cars in the neighborhood and she says she doesn't think inmates should ever get out on work release.

"I don't think they should. There's just a chance they're gonna do that and that's just wrong. They give you the chance to go out and do work release, you shouldn't take advantage of it."

Omaha police union officials say it's the same old story and something needs to change.

Sgt. John Wells, with the union, says, "I'm sure there's plenty of people that uh, they would call success stories and they're productive members of work release but it certainly seems an issue that somebody has the ability that they're serving a prison sentence and they either don't show up or they just walk away from work release. Um, it happens time and time again. It's been happening for years."

Sgt. Wells says the work release program should be examined

Joshua Peterson is now being held in the Douglas County jail.

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