A chase that began in Omaha Tuesday night and ended in Pottawattamie County, resulted in a Nebraska woman being sent to the hospital and then on to jail. Sheriff Jeff Danker says the driver of the vehicle, 22-year old Rebecca White, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, was being held in the Pott. County Jail on charges that include Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Eluding, Reckless Driving and having No Valid Driver’s License. She has since been released on her own recognizance.
The incident which led to her arrest in Iowa began at around 11-p.m. Tuesday. Danker says Pottawattamie County Communications was advised that the Omaha Police Department had been involved in a pursuit of a silver Pontiac bearing a Nebraska license plate. The pursuit was terminated by Omaha Police at the state line. Authorities were cautioned that occupants of the vehicle were possibly in possession of a stolen firearm and known to go armed.
Pottawattamie County deputies located the vehicle at Highway 6 & Interstate 80. One of the deputies began to follow suspect vehicle, and at the 14 mile marker of I-80 confirmed that it was the vehicle that had been involved in the Omaha pursuit. After following the car for a couple of miles, the deputy activated his cruiser’s emergency lights in attempt to stop the vehicle.
The car however continued eastbound on I-80. The pursued vehicle hit stop sticks that were deployed just west of the Underwood exit but the car continued to elude authorities. Near the 19 mile marker of I-80, the driver’s side rear tire began to deflate but the vehicle continued to flee and eventually lost both tires on the driver’s side, all the while maintaining a speed of 70 mph on the rims.
White exited I-80 at the 29 mile marker and continued to drive in an erratic fashion until the rims separated from the vehicle on Tamarack Road, in Pottawattamie County. At this time White pulled the car into a private driveway and fled on foot, wearing a back pack. Deputies gave chase and caught the woman between two buildings on private property. White was taken into custody and transported to Mercy Hospital by Neola Rescue for treatment of possible injuries.
While at the hospital, deputies were informed by the nursing staff that they had found what were believed to be narcotics in White’s bra. A field test of the substance came up positive for methamphetamine. In addition, during the course of their investigation, deputies learned that the vehicle she was driving had been purchased by White about 2 months earlier, had not been registered, and was still registered to another person.