NSP Honored for 2021 Stopstick Deployment
Nebraska State Patrol Honored by Stop Stick Ltd. for the 2021 “Hit of the Year”. The award is given annually for an outstanding deployment of the stop-stick that results in the safe conclusion of a chase.
On Thursday, June 30, Stop Stick representatives presented the award to Trooper John Lewis for his successful deployment of stop sticks during a chase with a man suspected of shooting Omaha policeman Jeffrey Wittstruck on March 21, 2021. The deployment of Trooper Lewis has been selected. more than 4,000 firestick deployments in 2021.
“The arrest of this suspect was imperative, and it took exceptional teamwork on the part of many soldiers, officers and deputies,” said Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Col. John Bolduc. “Part of this team effort was an incredible stop-stick deployment by Private Lewis. If the suspect hadn’t hit the spikes, he could very well have walked into Lincoln and put even more members of the public in danger.
The pursuit began when a soldier observed the suspect vehicle at the I-80 Gretna interchange at Mile 432. As the suspect fled west on I-80, the soldier launched a chase. During the prosecution, numerous divisions within the NSP and other law enforcement agencies responded.
As the suspect vehicle approached the Waverly interchange, at speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour, Cavalier Lewis was able to deploy the stop sticks and contacted the tires on the driver’s side of the vehicle, so that his view was completely blocked by a passing tractor-trailer. The suspect vehicle then exited I-80 at the Waverly interchange and the suspect was subsequently arrested minutes later without further incident.
“I don’t know how the rider Lewis did,” said Adam Freeman, national sales manager of Stop Stick Ltd. .”
Earlier this year, NSP presented the actual arresting stick used in the chase to Officer Wittstruck as he returned to work for the Omaha Police Department.
State Patrol arrests man suspected of luring children
Nebraska State Patrol investigators have arrested a Roca man following a child seduction investigation.
On Monday, June 27, investigators arrested Hector Tercero, 22, from Roca. Tercero had used social media to arrange a meeting for a sexual encounter with what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. He had actually contacted an NSP investigator posing as the girl.
Tercero was arrested without incident when he showed up for Monday’s meeting on Grand Island. He was housed in Hall County Corrections for childhood incitement.