Man booked into jail after police cruiser hits car he parked on I-80

Man booked into jail after police cruiser hits car he parked on I-80
Felipe Velasquez-Escobar

A 27-year-old man injured when an Omaha police cruiser crashed into a car he had parked on Interstate 80 was jailed on suspicion of driving drunk.

Felipe Velasquez-Escobar was taken to Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy after the Sunday morning crash. He was released later in the day and booked into the Douglas County Jail.

He appeared in court Monday and was ordered held on $2,500 bail. He would have to post $250, or 10 percent of the bail amount, to be released.

Omaha Police Officer Chris Mathis, an 11-year-veteran, suffered two broken bones in his left hand in the crash. He was treated at the hospital and released.

The crash occurred at 2:12 a.m. Sunday as Mathis was searching Interstate 80 for a wrong-way driver between 72nd and 84th Streets, police said. After cresting a hill at 72nd Street, the police cruiser driven by Mathis crashed into a 2012 Ford Focus that was parked in the second lane from the inside median with its left-turn signal blinking.

Velasquez-Escobar also was booked on suspicion of not having a driver’s license or proof of insurance. He was set to appear in court Monday afternoon.

Police said the westbound lanes of I-80 were closed between 60th and 72nd Streets until 6 a.m. Sunday.

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