Shelby County pursuit ends in NE this morning


January 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Update 4-p.m.) — Sheriff’s officials in Shelby County report that at around 4:14-a.m. today (Friday), a Shelby County Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2006 Ford Mustang for speeding. The driver failed to stop for the deputy and a pursuit was initiated south of Portsmouth. The pursuit continued south through Harrison County and then west on interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County.

Pottawattamie County deputies attempted to utilize tire deflation devices near Neola but the driver was able to avoid them. They attempted a second time near Underwood and were successful. The vehicle continued through Council Bluffs and into Nebraska with a flat tire. Authorities from Nebraska picked up the pursuit and eventually apprehended the suspect near 25th St and Cornhusker Rd.

Larry Phillips, Sr. (Sarpy Co. NE Jail booking photo)

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 37 year old Larry Phillips from Collierville, TN. He was taken into custody by Nebraska authorities on charges that include: (Felony) Operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest (Eluding); Operating a vehicle without air in the tires No operator’s license, and Willful reckless driving/1st offense. Warrants for his arrest are also being requested for Eluding charges in Iowa. Phillips remains held without bond in the Sarpy County, NE. Jail.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, Phillips Sr. had an a non-extraditable warrant out of Tennessee. When asked why he tried to flee, troopers said he told them it was because he was scared.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during the incident by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, and numerous agencies in Nebraska.