Omaha Police have identified a suspect arrested after a high-speed chase Sunday night as 20-year-old Jeffery M. Hotz. He’s facing a variety of charges.
Hotz was all smiles when he was taken into custody.
The incident began when officers on patrol in the area of 31st and Willit Street attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a white Ford pickup. The suspect, later identified as Hotz, refused to stop.
Police tell WOWT 6 News that Hotz allegedly stole the Ford F-250 he was driving from Council Bluffs before leading police on the chase that started just after 10 p.m. Sunday.
At one point Hotz stopped in the area of Calhoun Road and Cardinal Road. Police say he then accelerated again and drove at an officer.
The pursuit stretched from the Ponca Hills area and wound through several residential neighborhoods in Omaha. Drivers reported being run off the road by the driver along Saddle Creek Road.
Speeds topped 70-miles-per-hour and police eventually caught the suspect after deploying stop sticks near 30th and Castelar just after 11:30 p.m.
Officers believe someone else may have been in the vehicle but bailed during the chase.
Hotz was booked for theft by receiving (two counts), flight to avoid arrest, attempted assault on an officer, robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony, possession of a stolen firearm, and bond review.