NEW DETAILS: High speed pursuits lead to 3 arrests

Posted By: Jenn Schanz
jschanz@klkntv.com 

The Nebraska State Patrol and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office were busy Monday afternoon.

There were two pursuits, two stolen cars, and three arrests.

Now, LSO officials say they believe they’re connected. 

They say it all started when a black Ford Fusion, reported stolen out of Hickman, was found parked near SW 2nd and Wittstruck road in Lancaster county.

Officials say 19–year–old Lakoto Leach and 18–year–old Tiphaney Wilson were spotted in the area. They say Leach was attempting to fuel up the car, which was out of gas.

When they were confronted by the car’s owner, officials say the two fled in a 2003 silver Chevy Blazer.

After a short pursuit, LSO officials nabbed the two near SW 29th and west Sprague road.

“Eventually the vehicle crashed. The driver, Lakota Leach, and the passenger, Tiphaney Sullivan, both of Lincoln, were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released for their injuries,” says Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. 

Both Sullivan and Leach were arrested for Theft by Receiving Stolen Property. Leach was also arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest. 

While that was happening, LSO called in the State Patrol for help on another pursuit.

This one involved that Ford Fusion, stolen from Hickman. 

Officials say 31–year–old Michael Nielsen of Lincoln, stole that car. They say a state trooper attempted to pull over Nielsen near 27th and Saltillo, but he failed to stop as well.

They say he drove erratically through the city before a trooper disabled the car near the Lincoln Airport.

Officials say Nielsen was the one who stole the fusion from Hickman. They also believe he knows the first two suspects. 

“The investigation has shown that there is a relationship between Tiphaney Sullivan, Lakota Leach and Michael Nielsen,” says Bliemeister.

Both Nielsen and the state trooper were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Nielsen, who troopers believe was under the influence of drugs, was arrested by the state patrol for Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance. 

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Posted By: KLKN Newsroom
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From the Nebraska State Patrol:

Lincoln, Neb. –  One person is in custody following a wild ride across the city of Lincoln.

At approximately 12:35 p.m., Monday, January 19, the NSP helicopter spotted a black 2006 Ford Fusion in southwest Lancaster County which matched the description of a stolen vehicle reported by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The car was headed eastbound on Wittstruck Road.  At 12:38 p.m., a trooper attempted to stop the vehicle near 27th and Saltillo Road. The driver failed to stop and a short pursuit ensued, with the trooper terminating the pursuit at 12:39 p.m., as the vehicle headed northbound on 27th street towards Lincoln.

The vehicle which was followed from the air by the NSP helicopter continued traveling erratically through city streets, forcing vehicles off the road and causing several minor accidents, before getting onto the I-80 heading westbound at the Highway 77 entrance. Once on the interstate, the vehicle turned around in the median near mm 397, and headed back eastbound. The driver then took the Airport exit (mm 399), at which time a trooper performed a tactical maneuver disabling the vehicle near West Adam and North Park Road.

The male driver of the vehicle, Michael K. Nielsen, 31, Lincoln, was transported by ambulance to Bryan West for treatment of a minor arm injury. Once released from the hospital, he will be lodged in the Lancaster County Corrections on charges to include, Flight to Avoid Arrest, Willful Reckless Driving, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, and Speeding. 

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Troopers said there was another pursuit in the county south of Hwy 33. It ended in a rollover crash. Two suspects were taken the hospital. Authorities are investigating if that one is related to the other pursuit.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s office plans to release new details to the media, Tuesday morning.  Stay tuned to www.klkntv.com

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