Speeding Drunk Driver Flips Over 8 Foot Fence

By: Jim Siedlecki Email
By: Jim Siedlecki Email

The radar lit up when James Leenerts drove past a Bellevue Police officer running stationary radar near Galvin Road. Leenerts was more than doubling the speed limit and only stopped after losing control of his car near Offutt Air Force Base.

A report from BPD shows that Leenerts was observed going 79 MPH in a 35 MPH zone.

The officer that was running radar tried to catch Leenerts in his 2010 Chevrolet Impala and was helped by a second officer as the pursuit arrived at Galvin Rd. and Highway 370.

Leenerts continued southbound toward Offutt AFB. That's where he lost control of his vehicle on the slight bend in the road before reaching the gate. The car left the road and crashed into the concrete pillars that protect the gate. After hitting the pillars, the vehicle flipped over an eight foot fence.

Leenerts, 41, was transported to The Nebraska Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

He was cited for speeding, willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest and DUI.


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