Gibbon Man Arrested After Pursuit, Standoff near Missouri River I-80 Bridge

(Omaha, NE) -- A Gibbon, Nebraska man is arrested in Omaha following a pursuit and standoff with the Nebraska State Patrol.

The NSP says just before 9:30 Friday morning, troopers received a report of a pickup driving erratically and at a high rate of speed on eastbound I-80 in Omaha. Investigators say a trooper located the vehicle near 42nd street on I-80, observed the erratic driving behavior, and attempted a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and continued eastbound.

The State Patrol says as the pickup approached the Missouri River bridge, it hit both the inside and outside barriers and came to a stop just before the Nebraska/Iowa line. Investigators say the driver, 26 year old Quentin Rockefeller, remained inside the vehicle and initially refused troopers’ commands to exit the vehicle. After a short standoff and response from additional law enforcement, Rockefeller voluntarily exited the vehicle and was taken into custody.

Rockefeller was arrested for willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, no driver’s license, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and traffic violations. I-80 was closed in the area for roughly 30 minutes. NSP was assisted by the Omaha Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Council Bluffs Police Department.

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