Two men in custody. Cass County sheriff’s deputies became suspicious of a pickup with (possibly expired) Otoe County plates parked in a cul-de-sac at Osage Ranch near Plattsmouth at 1:15am Monday morning and questioned the man in the vehicle.
Sheriff Lt. Larry Burke said the man told deputies the vehicle had overheated and another man, the driver, left to get water for the radiator. Deputies ran the name of the man remaining at the scene and learned the Kansas man’s license was suspended. While talking to the individual, deputies were advised of a 911 call stating there was an accident southwest of Plattsmouth.
While en route to the accident call, deputies learned the 911 call had come from a cell phone registered to an area code from Kansas. The 911 center checked with Verizon and learned that the cell number was issued to the absent male party previously identified as male driver who had left for water. The call was received from the cell tower at 7th and Main and it pinged to one mile southwest of the tower.
Responding back to Osage Ranch deputies observed the truck heading south on Highway 75. Knowing the driver had a suspended license they attempted to stop the truck but it sped off. The pursuit turned west onto Wiles Road, hitting a stop sign and going through the yard at 14208 Highway 75. The truck went back onto Wiles Road and continued west at a high rate of speed and went straight through the T-intersection at 6th Street. The pickup went airborne and landed in a field.
26-year-old Matthew Heideman of Seneca, Kansas was booked on suspicion of flight to avoid arrest, careless driving and driving under suspension, said Burke.
A few hours later, the second man was found to be in an outbuilding of a residence on Prairie Road. 28-year-old Dylan Palmer of Bern, Kansas was booked on suspicion of criminal trespassing and false reporting (of the accident), said Burke. Palmer also had warrants for his arrest in Johnson County, NE and Pawnee County, NE.
Both were lodged in the Cass County Jail.