LINCOLN – Troopers were kept busy across the state during Easter weekend as law enforcement throughout the country are also raising awareness on the dangers of drunk or drug-impaired driving.
According to a release from the Nebraska State Patrol, multiple incidents led to several arrests this past Sunday.
Early Sunday, NSP dispatchers received a call about a reckless Nissan Altima traveling on Interstate 80. At approximately 12:40 a.m., a trooper located the vehicle as it was stopped on the exit ramp at mile marker 231. The trooper contacted the driver and detected impairment.
During the traffic stop, troopers located methamphetamine in the vehicle. There were also two young children in the backseat of the vehicle. The driver, Dezjia Davis, 33, and passenger, Taylor Davis, 27, both of Fernley, Nevada, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, child abuse – no injury, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Dezjia Davis was also arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and improper child restraint. Both were lodged in Dawson County Jail. The children were placed in protective care.
Then, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, NSP was alerted to a shoplifting incident that had occurred at Walmart in Lexington. A short time later, at the I-80 rest area near Brady, a trooper located a Toyota Prius that was believed to be involved in the incident. The trooper contacted the driver at the rest area. A search of the vehicle revealed numerous stolen items, as well as methamphetamine. The driver, Brett Avila, 41, of Glendale, Colorado, was lodged in Lincoln County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, and theft by receiving stolen property.
Closing out late Sunday evening, NSP was notified that the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to locate a stolen vehicle that had been involved in an attempted burglary at a convenience store near Gibbon. At approximately 11:10 p.m., troopers located the stolen vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 10, near Kilgore Road, in Buffalo County. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. The trooper initiated a pursuit.
After a few minutes, the vehicle came to a stop and the driver fled into a field. Troopers were able to locate the driver a short time later and take him into custody without further incident. The driver, Joshua Lester, 33, of Kearney, was arrested for flight to avoid arrest, theft, obstruction of a peace officer, and driving under suspension. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.
Also, the effort of Troopers on patrol for drunk and drug-impaired driving will include law enforcement working throughout the entire state.
Troopers and dispatchers will be working overtime across Nebraska this week as part of the initiative. Troopers will be performing high-visibility patrols as part of the effort. The initiative will focus on priority counties identified by the Nebraska Department of Transportation. The effort will include focus on both passenger vehicles and commercial motor vehicles.
NSP officials state impaired driving increases risk to everyone on the road, not just the impaired driver. Whether that impairment comes from use of alcohol, illegal drugs or even some prescription medication, it’s critical to never get behind the wheel impaired.
NSP’s portion of this effort is made possible thanks in part to grant funding from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.