Person in custody after leading police on two pursuits

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Police have arrested a person who led them on two different vehicle pursuits this week.

Jesse Fields, 33, of Omaha, was taken into custody driving a stolen vehicle into the parking garage of the Omaha World-Herald near 14th and Douglas Friday night.

The first pursuit happened Thursday night when police pursued a U-Haul rental truck that had been stolen while rental employees were preparing it for a customer. The truck was a 2018 GMC Sierra.

Officers spotted the stolen vehicle in a parking lot where a man was exiting the driver's door. They attempted to approach the man, but he ran back to the truck and got in.

According to the police report, the man revved the engine and looked at officers before intentionally ramming the police cruiser that was blocking it in. The man then drove toward one officer, before accelerating the truck toward the second officer, causing that officer to dive out of the way.

Another officer saw the stolen truck near Sorenson and Ida. The man in the truck crossed lanes of traffic to try to ram that officer's cruiser head-on, causing the cruiser to swerve into the grass. That's when the first pursuit began.

The pursuit was later self-terminated. Officials did not say why they chose to cut it off.

The second pursuit happened Friday night when the U-Haul was spotted again.

The driver of the stolen truck led officers all over town and eventually drove into the parking garage at 14th and Douglas, where he was apprehended and identified.

The driver ran several red lights and disobeyed numerous traffic laws during the pursuits.

Fields faces several charges, including criminal mischief and attempted assault on an officer.

No officers were hurt during the pursuits.