An Omaha man was jailed Tuesday in York after reportedly leading law enforcement on a chase through Clay, Fillmore and York counties Monday night and into the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
The Nebraska State Patrol reported that Scott Rector, 49, allegedly fled from authorities first in a stolen truck and later on foot.
After crashing the straight truck he was driving into a ditch near Z Road between 18th and 19th roads on the York/Hamilton County line, he headed out on foot into a cornfield.
The location of the truck crash is roughly six miles northeast of Hampton or seven miles northwest of Bradshaw.
After Rector allegedly took off on foot, personnel from several local agencies and NSP searched the area and eventually found him hiding in a culvert in the early morning hours.
State troopers were able to identify him at the scene using the mobile Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or AFIS, device.
Monday night’s pursuit began around 9:45 p.m. when the Sutton Police Department received a report that a stolen straight truck was in the area, the State Patrol reported. Officers found the truck and tried to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled.
Officers began a pursuit and followed the truck over county roads, east into Fillmore County and eventually north into York County.
The chase involved sheriff’s officers from Clay, Fillmore and York counties at various times and covered a total of 56 miles.
When Rector eventually was located in the culvert, he was arrested on suspicion of willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest and possession of stolen property. He was lodged in the York County Jail.