BEATRICE – A vehicle pursuit Friday night that began in Beatrice, ended with the arrest of the driver and a passenger, in southern Gage County.
A Gage County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Ford Explorer in Beatrice, for a traffic violation, but the driver fled south of Beatrice on U.S. Highway 77, at speeds over 80 miles per hour.
Entering Wymore, police officers there deployed stop sticks, which deflated three of the vehicle’s tires. The vehicle pulled into a convenience store lot, where a male passenger got out, ran toward a pickup and pointed a handgun at the occupant of the pickup. The male then ran around to the passenger side, opened the door and struggled with the occupant.
As a deputy approached, the male dropped the gun, which turned out to be a pellet pistol….and raised his arms.
The man refused commands by the deputy, who then deployed a taser. The man fell, but broke free of the taser prongs and ran back to the Explorer. The vehicle then fled south on U.S. Highway 77 for about a mile, before coming to a stop at Highway 77 and Plum Road.
Law officers arrested the driver, 28-year-old Tiffany Shulka of Lincoln….and the passenger, 32-year-old Jovan Travis, of Birmingham, Alabama. The pair are suspected of willful reckless driving, attempted robbery, possession of a weapon to commit a felony, resisting arrest, obstructing police and possession of methamphetamine.
Police also recovered a methamphetamine pipe from the vehicle.