Bond has been set at $50,000 for Justin Dawson who is charged with felony assault on an officer and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class 4 felony.
A man and woman on a motorcycle led police on a high-speed chase across the northern edge of Omaha and Douglas County Friday afternoon before the motorcyclist surrendered.
It all began around noon with 911 getting calls about a motorcycle weaving in and out of traffic along North 72nd Street near the Omaha Country Club, site of the U.S. Senior Open. “There are a lot of people who are out for this event,” said OPD Officer James Shade. “A lot of traffic officers are out to make sure this event is safe and okay and a lot of people had called in that this person was driving recklessly in the area.”
That motorcyclist continued to drive recklessly even around officers directing traffic. “There was an initial officer that was holding a sign and the driver came so close that he hit the sign that the officer was holding. That officer was not injured, but he was able to get out of the way.”
Then another officer nearby directed the motorcyclist to stop by holding out his hand. The motorcyclist continued to accelerate and struck the officer’s hand with his helmet. That's when the pursuit began. “It was two separate officers in two separate areas, almost like they were targeted,” added Officer Shade.
A police officer in pursuit was calling out street conditions, traffic conditions and speeds which is common in all police chases. At one point, the officer reported speeds had reached 115 mph. A Nebraska State Patrol trooper joined in the chase.
The motorcyclist stopped a few miles away and gave himself up at 108th Street and Bennington Road. Twenty-year-old Justin Dawson was arrested on charges of felony assault on an officer, felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving and driving under suspension.
At this time, his passenger has not been charged. Her name was not released.