A 24 year old Madison man is in jail following a traffic stop and vehicle pursuit at about 12:30 a.m. Friday morning, which injured a Stanton County Sheriff’s deputy as he was dragged by the suspect vehicle as it fled from the traffic stop.
Roman Jennings was stopped just east of Norfolk on Hwy 275 for expired plates. He pulled off the roadway and was contacted by the deputy who then smelled marijuana coming from vehicle and observed a gun case inside the car. Jennings was known to be a felon and he suddenly put the vehicle in gear and began to accelerate away as the deputy reached into the vehicle in an effort to stop him and was dragged by the vehicle as it sped away and was thrown onto the highway.
Jennings vehicle was then pursued at speeds of near 100 mph by the Sheriff’s office and was finally stopped on Hwy 57, North of Stanton, where Jennings was taken into custody on numerous felony charges.
The deputy was taken to FRHS where he was treated and released.
A firearm was located along Hwy 275 and is believed to have been thrown from the suspect’s vehicle. Jennings was arrested on charges of 2nd Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, Use of a Weapon to commit a Felony, Felon in Possession of a firearm, Willful Reckless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle to avoid arrest, and Resisting Arrest.
Norfolk Rescue and the Nebraska State Patrol assisted at the scene.
Jennings was out on a bond for a felony registration violation of his sex offender status. Marijuana and significant cash was found during the arrest.