After two separate crashes, an alleged drunk driver was arrested in Sarpy County, but it took the actions of a witness to keep the suspect from taking off.
An accident victim told police the pickup driver who rear-ended him at 72nd and Giles drove off. “She said I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. She stuck around for a little while, then next thing I turn around and she's gone.”
The fleeing driver crashed again at the next intersection and tried to leave again, except witness Mark Donnermeyer blocked her in with his pickup. “I just pulled up right alongside of her and she couldn't go anywhere.”
While he had that driver pinned in, it didn't stop her from trying to get away by lurching forward and putting her truck in reverse. Donnermeyer had been at the front of the first chain reaction crash and called 911, then followed the hit-and-run driver. “She's apologizing and apologizing to us, then takes off when we're waiting for the cops to come. That's not right.”
Police, who weren't far behind, recommend witnesses to a hit-and-run call 911, but not follow. “An alleged drunk driver see them following them and they panic and then actually become more reckless in their driving,” says La Vista Police Capt. Kevin Pokorny.
The adults and children inside the van escaped serious injury, but Donnermeyer didn't want the hit-and-run driver to escape responsibility. “I just thought, she's not getting away with this."
The hit-and-run suspect, 28-year-old Abbie Gray of Bellevue, was charged with felony leaving the scene of an injury accident. She was also booked for first offense driving under the influence. She's out of jail after posting 10 percent of the more than $8,000 in bonds.