Two people were taken into custody Monday as they both wrapped up failed attempts to outrun law enforcement officers.
Ronald Blue, 22, of Omaha crossed paths with State Troopers around 5:30 p.m. The troopers had received word that someone was eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-80 near 42nd Street in Omaha.
Investigators say Blue got turned around, headed in the right direction, but couldn't keep his Chevy Suburban in any particular lane. He kept on going when a trooper took note of that and went after him.
As he pulled out of Omaha on 80, the trooper's "tactical vehicle intervention" put a stop to the Suburban but, according to NSP, Blue refused to obey commands from several troopers. After several failed attempts to get him out of the Chevy, and as he reached repeatedly toward the passenger seat, a trooper deployed a Taser and Blue was subdued.
He was taken to the hospital to be medically cleared where he spit on a trooper, running up the score on the charges he'd be facing.
Ronald Blue was eventually booked for flight to avoid arrest, driving under the influence of drugs, driving under suspension, failure to obey a lawful order, assaulting an officer – bodily fluid, and an outstanding warrant.
Three hours earlier troopers tangled with a teenager who also made a failed bid for freedom.
Troopers found him around 2:30 at the wheel of a stolen Ford F-150 heading southbound on Highway 31 near the Gretna/I-80 interchange. The truck headed west on 80 traveling "consistently near 110 miles per hour," as troopers followed.
The truck left the interstate at Lincoln’s 56th Street exit, drove into the ditch on the ramp, hit a sign, drove back across the exit ramp and eventually wound up southbound on 56th Street.
A "tactical vehicle intervention" put a stop to his travels too.
The 16-year-old at the wheel was taken to the Sarpy County Juvenile Justice Center.