After what police officers are claiming was a two-hour pursuit, a man was recently arrested. The Nebraska officers have accused the man of committing numerous offenses, including theft crimes. However, in order for any of these charges to be upheld in court, the burden of proof lies on the prosecution.
On June 17, officers in Bellevue claim that they spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen the day before. The car was parked in a medical center parking lot, and the officers believed that the driver was in the parking lot to steal other vehicle’s license plates. According to the officers, when they tried to conduct a traffic stop, the driver fled in the vehicle, which led to a pursuit.
When the driver approached a gravel road, he allegedly lost control and decided to flee on foot. Despite the use of K9 units and a perimeter set up by several police departments, the officers reportedly did not find the man after he supposedly hid in the woods. Using evidence that the officers supposedly found in the vehicle, they went to an address and arrested the man who lived there.
The Nebraska man faces several charges, including theft crimes, drug crimes and evading arrest by using a motor vehicle. However, simply because some kind of evidence in the vehicle gave the officers the man’s address does not necessarily mean that the man stole the vehicle himself or that he was the one who initiated the pursuit. The man would do well to address these facts as well as any other pieces of evidence that the prosecution may present against him in court in order to best defend himself against the charges. Securing help to protect his legal rights and fight on his behalf will likely be his initial focus.
Source: omaha.com, “Man arrested after foot pursuit in SW Bellevue“, Kelsey Stewart, June 26, 2014