An observant trooper earns credit for removing two vehicles from the I-80 drug pipeline. On Friday morning, the trooper observed two vehicles speeding through Lincoln. The trooper could only stop one, of course, so he radioed another patrol unit ahead to be on the lookout.
When the first vehicle was pulled over, the trooper sensed the odor of drugs coming from the 2012 Chevy Traverse. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 22 pounds of marijuana. Twenty-six year old Aaron Hilts of Lacey, Washington was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
As for the second vehicle, a 2011 Jeep Liberty, another trooper attempted to pull it over. However, the driver refused to stop and a 22-minute pursuit was underway.
By now, the vehicle was on Highway 34 near the I-180 interchange. The pursuit reached 100 mph as it went west on Highway 34, south on Highway 15, then back onto I-80.
Near the Milford exit, the trooper performed a tactical maneuver on the vehicle, forcing it into a ditch.
The driver, 25-year-old Mazeyar Attaran of Ellisville, Missouri was taken to Bryan LGHWest. Once he is released, Attaran will face charges of flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, and speeding.
The Nebraska State Patrol says documents show the Chevy Traverse is linked to Attaran.