A convicted felon led authorities on a chase through Cass, Sarpy, and Douglas counties Friday night. WOWT 6 News talked to two women caught in the middle of the terrifying situation.
Sarah Goering showed us the bruises and scrapes all over her body, reminders of the scariest night of her life.
Goering and her friend, Britny McNese, were heading home from dinner when they came across a scene near 168th and Fairview. It looked like an accident, so they slowed down, little did they know it was so much more.
“All of the sudden a guy was running up the road and he decided to jump in the backseat of the car. The sheriff deputy was chasing him on foot,” said McNese. The man turned out to be 31-year-old Michael McMahon, a convicted felon wanted on charges of terroristic threats and strangulation.
McMahon had just led officers on a chase, crashed, and was on the run until he came across their car.
"It all just happened so fast,” said Goering. “He just jumped in the back and started screaming demands at us to drive and how he had all this money and he talked about his gun on him. His knife was already out in his right hand."
Goering reacted quickly and jumped out of the car. "I saw the red flags and I don't know, it was so scary, but I just opened the door and took the fall."
Soon after McNese also got out. Then McMahon took off. The two are happy to be back at home safely, but are still in shock over everything that transpired. "I am very happy to be alive right now and like I said that things worked out the way they did,” said Goering.
McMahon is now in the Douglas County jail. He was just released from prison last year.
The women say their belongings have been returned to them, but the car is still at the impound lot.