Two Arrested After Saturday Night Pursuit

NORFOLK - Two Norfolk men were taken into custody following a pursuit Saturday night that included helicopter surveillance.
Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Deb Collins reports that about 9 p.m. Saturday night, a trooper attempted a traffic stop near TaHaZouka Park on Highway 81 south of Norfolk. The vehicle, driven by 22-year-old Luis Morales of Norfolk, failed to stop and a short pursuit ensued. A Nebraska State Patrol helicopter was used to maintain visual contact with the vehicle and stop sticks were placed at the intersection of 49th Street and Highway 275 to flatten the vehicle’s front tires. The vehicle came to rest in a field southeast of the intersection. Morales and his passenger, 20-year-old Alejandro Morales, were taken into custody without incident. Collins says that charges against the pair include felony driving under suspension, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, resisting arrest, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The pursuit occurred during an evening of high visibility patrols involving the Nebraska State Patrol, Norfolk Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Troop B Captain Paul Hattan says the selective was conducted because of numerous reports of speeding and aggressive driving in the Norfolk area, including complaints about incidents involving motorcycles. Hattan says officers issued numerous citations and warnings, including three for speeding, one for driving left of center, four for no proof of insurance, four for no license plate, two for failure to signal and 4 for failure to use a seat belt.