Cop Chases Cruiser After Suspect Steals It

A bizarre pursuit overnight with one cruiser chasing another.

It started in the tiny Saunders county town of Memphis. A deputy arrested Jessica Lewin after she threatened her sister with a knife. The deputy placed her in his cruiser.

Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz tells Channel Six News Fact Finders that while the deputy interviewed witnesses, the woman slipped her wrists out of the cuffs. Lewin then got behind the wheel of the cruiser and drove off.

An Ashland officer was assisting and he pursued the sheriff’s cruiser up to 90 miles an hour on a county road. The female suspect stopped and ran off leaving the cruiser running.

The sheriff said Lewin was later found either sleeping or passed out in a van she allegedly tried to steal. That happened at a Saunders county farm. The sheriff said Lewin had a substance in her purse that tested positive for meth.

Lewin faces a host of charges like terroristic threats escape and theft of a motor vehicle which happened to be a sheriff’s cruiser.

Stukenholtz tells Fact Finders his department’s arrest procedures are under review. He said any disciplinary action against the deputy is an internal matter.

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