Officer Injured, Beatrice Police Vehicle Wrecked During Pursuit

BEATRICE – A Beatrice Police officer suffered injuries and a city patrol car was wrecked, after a fleeing driver struck the police vehicle that was blocking an intersection.

Chief Bruce Lang says the pursuit began Friday night at around 10:45, near 18th and Grant Streets in the east part of the city.

:12                  “residential areas”

The woman’s car was observed at a high rate of speed westbound on Grant Street, before she turned south onto Second Street, accelerated and passed another southbound vehicle.

:16                  “female driver”

The fleeing driver’s vehicle struck the side of the patrol vehicle.  Officer Zach Smith was not seriously injured. The woman arrested by police is identified as Melissa Goertzen.  She was taken to the Gage County Jail and was being held for flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, running a stop sign and having no operator’s license.

Lang says there were no warrants for Goertzen and no alcohol or drug use was suspected.

:13                  “a patrol car”

Lang says the damage was significant, to the police vehicle.  The chief says speeds of up to 50 miles-per-hour were reached during the pursuit, through residential areas.  There were no other injuries and no other vehicles or property were damaged.  The Gage County Sheriff’s Office assisted police in the pursuit.

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