Mustang sheds flying metal chunks in high-speed metro romp

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The Nebraska State Patrol says a Tennessee man was at the wheel of a Ford Mustang that was coming apart at the seams during a high-speed chase early Friday morning.

The incident began in Iowa. Around 4:30 a.m. NSP troopers were alerted that Iowa law enforcement officers were chasing a car on I-80 traveling in excess of 120 miles-per-hour. The Mustang was westbound and fast approaching the border.

As it rumbled into Nebraska, troopers noticed that it was not only moving at high speed but it was rolling on bare rims. NSP picked up the pursuit.

The Mustang charged west through Omaha then jumped off 80 heading south into Sarpy County. Pieces of the car broke off along the way. At least one slice of that debris hit and damaged an NSP unit in the hunt.

The fleeing Tennessean eventually came to a stop near 25th and Cornhusker Road around 4:50 a.m. That's where troopers met Larry Phillips, the man behind the wheel. They arrested him for Felony Flight to Avoid Arrest and Willful Reckless Driving. Iowa charges are pending.