Truck Driver Uses Semi in Attempt to Kill Police During Rampage, Authorities Say
Wahoo, NE – A truck driver is in custody after authorities say he intentionally drove his semi-truck into a police cruiser and an SUV Tuesday night in attempt to kill officers.
According to the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office, 60-year-old Jeffrey Ehrlich called police to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of East 2nd Street in Wahoo at approximately 6:54 p.m.
After arriving on the scene, officers were confronted by Ehrlich who was driving a semi-tractor.
Officials say Ehrlich accelerated into a yard and toward an officer.
Ehrlich then re-entered the street and accelerated toward and crashed into a Wahoo Police Car and Saunders County Sheriff’s car, according to investigators.
All three vehicles came to rest in the yard of a nearby home when Ehrlich reportedly exited the truck and confronted officers with a baseball bat.
The officers were able to take Ehrlich into custody without any serious injuries.
“They showed a remarkable amount of restraint and great aptitude for tactics,” Chief of Wahoo Police Bruce Ferrell told local news outlet 6News.
Though both law enforcement vehicles were totaled and one officer was treated for minor injuries as the result of the incident, Sheriff Kevin Stukeholtz with Saunders County said things could have been much worse.
“We are probably lucky the outcome was just two totaled police cars and a damaged truck.”
As for Ehrlich, he is now charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, 2nd Degree Assault of a Police Officer, 2 Counts of Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony, and 2 Counts of Criminal Mischief Over $5,000.
Authorities say additional charges are possible.
According to 6News, Erhlich told a judge on Wednesday that he has no recollection of the incident.
Prosecutors in the case against Erhlich allege he told police he was upset with them and “intended to die” in the altercation.
Ehrlich is being held on $500,000 bond after the judge deemed him a flight risk.
Photos courtesy of Saunders County Sheriff’s Office and 6News