A routine traffic stop on U.S. Hwy 275 east of Norfolk Thursday morning before noon turned into a high speed pursuit with another vehicle and the arrest of two out of state men.
Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger had stopped a westbound SUV for speeding, when suddenly a car drove by the stop on the wrong side of the highway going east in the westbound lanes. Sheriff Unger immediately attempted to stop that car and it drove over the median into the correct eastbound lanes and pulled over. The male driver suddenly exited and then jumped back into his car and drove off at a high speed. The vehicle was then pursued by the Sheriff at high speeds east for about 13 miles on the highway as the occupants threw suspected contraband out the windows, before the car was forced to stop just into Cuming County.
Both the driver 24-year-old Dominick Ziesmer, of Sioux Falls, SD and passenger 22-year-old Ernie Sanchez, of Pipestone, MN were taken into custody on numerous charges. Ziesmer faces charges of Driving While under the Influence of Drugs, Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, Willful Reckless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Littering.
Sanchez was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Littering and a State of Minnesota Felony Arrest Warrant for a Parole Violation.
Both men are being held in separate county jails pending the setting of cash bonds. The Nebraska State Patrol, Cuming County Sheriff’s office and Wisner Police assisted the Sheriff’s office in the arrest.