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Nearly 600 Motorists Contacted During March OMSI Enforcements

By admin • Mar 31st, 2008 • Category: Features

DISCLAIMER - Any Charges Reported in these Press Releases are Merely Accusations and the Defendants are Presumed Innocent Unless and Until Proven Guilty.

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(Lincoln, NE) – 162 citations were written, 146 warnings issued, 265
violation cards were given out during four separate special enforcements.
The high visibility traffic enforcement efforts were conducted by the
Nebraska State Patrol Troop A-Omaha, The Omaha Police Department, and the
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office as part of the Omaha Metro Safety
Initiative (OMSI).

Combined enforcement efforts took place Friday & Saturday, March 7 & 8,
2008, and Saturday & Sunday, March 29 & 30.  Efforts included high
visibility saturation patrols in areas to include Highway 75, South Kennedy
Freeway and I-480.

Citations were written for Speeding (68), Driving Under Suspension (36),
Driving While Intoxicated (2) and Open Container (7).  Seventeen people
were cited for drug violations, to include Possession of Marijuana less
than One Ounce and 31 people were arrested on outstanding warrants.
Fifteen contacts were made with suspected gang members.

A gun and a small amount of drugs were confiscated following a short
pursuit during the Sunday, March 30, 2008, selective.  A trooper was
attempting to pull over a light blue Cadillac for no license plate, near
72nd & Blondo Streets when the vehicle took off.   A short pursuit ended
when the driver of the vehicle slammed on his brakes, resulting in a
rear-end collision involving the Cadillac and the trooper’s unit.   The
driver of the Cadillac then took off on foot.  After a short foot pursuit,
the driver was taken into custody without incident.   During the foot
pursuit the driver tossed a .380 automatic pistol to the ground.

The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Charles Harrison was lodged in the
Douglas County Jail on charges Flight to Avoid Arrest, Willful Reckless
Driving, Possession of Marijuana Less than One Ounce, and Driving Under
Suspension among other charges.

Troopers participating in the special initiative utilized overtime hours
provided through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

OMSI is designed to emphasize traffic and citizen safety in selected areas
of the city.


Contact:  Deb Collins 402-479-4985
March 31, 2008

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