A man has been sentenced to serve 20-60 months in jail for leading a dangerous chase that reached speeds of 120 MPH. At the time, the Omaha Police Union held up the case of Joshua Peterson as an example of how the work release program should be re-examined.
Peterson had walked away from work release in September 2013 when he fled police in Lancaster County. He was observed crossing several lanes of traffic, passing other vehicles, and nearly caused a multi-vehicle crash in order to avoid arrest. The pursuit ended in Douglas County where he crashed into a parked car.
The 32-year old man was convicted in Saunders County of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. He left the Lincoln Community Corrections Center on work release August 14 and had not been seen until the pursuit a month later.