Two Norfolk men were jailed Saturday night after leading state troopers on a chase through town. Just after 9 p.m., Saturday, a trooper attempted to stop their 2003 Volkswagen Jetta near Tahazouka Park on Highway 81, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.
The vehicle failed to stop and the trooper chased the vehicle for two minutes before discontinuing pursuit. An NSP helicopter watched the car, and at the Intersection of 49th and Highway 275, troopers used stop sticks to flatten the two front tires of the car.
The car came to rest in a field southeast of the intersection. The driver, Luis J. Morales, 22, and passenger Alejandro Morales, 20, were arrested without further trouble and lodged in the Madison County Jail.
Collins said they are charged with felony driving under suspension, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving and resisting arrest, as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The chase occurred during an evening of high visibility patrols involving the Nebraska State Patrol, the Norfolk Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
The special enforcement was designed to combat numerous reports of speeding and aggressive driving in Norfolk, said State Patrol Capt. Paul Hattan, the Commander of Troop B in Norfolk.
“Motorists in the Madison County area can expect additional enforcement efforts as we work with our local law enforcement partners to keep our streets safe and accident free,” Hattan said.
In addition to the pursuit and arrests, troopers issued these citations and warnings:
• Three speeding tickets
• One ticket for driving left of center
• Four tickets for no proof of insurance
• Four tickets for no license plate
• Two tickets for failure to signal
• Two tickets for no seat belt.