UPDATED: Suspect Flees Police, Crashes Car, Hides in Cornfield

OAKLAND – One person is in police custody this morning after a late night chase on highway 77.

An unnamed person attempted to flee a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy by car on Tuesday night after deputies attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle did not have license plates, and the driver was observed driving on the should of the northbound side of highway 77, about half a mile north of Fremont.  The DCSO deputy followed the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop about three miles north of Fremont.

The vehicle did stop, and the deputy had contact with the driver, one James Maynard, 26, of Fremont. When the officer asked Maynard to exit the vehicle, he instead accelerated away from the scene of the stop, forcing the DCSO officer to chase the vehicle north on 77. During the pursuit, which reached speeds in excess of 100 mph, officers witnessed objects being thrown from the suspect’s vehicle. The Nebraska State Patrol joined the pursuit, and eventually the individual wrecked their red 2008 Chrysler 300 just north of Oakland, losing control of the vehicle in a roundabout.

The suspect then exited the vehicle on foot and ran into a nearby cornfield, temporarily evading arrest. The Omaha Police Department’s Able-1 helicopter, the Burt County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit responded to the area, and helped investigators locate the individual in question. James Maynard was taken into custody at that time.

Officers recovered a container Maynard threw from the vehicle which contained 303 grams – over 10.5 ounces – of methamphetamine. Maynard was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine, Flight to Avoid Arrest, Tampering with Evidence, Willful Reckless Driving and Obstructing a Police Officer. Maynard remains in custody at the Dodge County holding facility.

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