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Routine traffic stop leads to high speed pursuit and drug arrest in Norfolk, NE

NORFOLK, Nebraska (KTIV) – Two men are in custody after a routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed pursuit.

The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office 24-year-old Domnick Ziesmer, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and 22-year-old Ernie Sanchez, of Pipestone, Minn., face multiple charges.

Ziesmer is charged with 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 is 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 their cash bonds.

According to the sheriff’s office, at about 11:12 a.m. Thursday Sheriff Mike Unger stopped a westbound SUV for speeding on U.S. Highway 275, just east of Norfolk. Unger then saw a vehicle speeding through the wrong side of the highway going east in the westbound lanes.

Unger attempted to stop the second vehicle, as it drove over the median into the eastbound lanes before pulling over. The sheriff’s office says Ziesmer exited the vehicle and then suddenly jumped back in and drove off at high speeds.

Unger pursued the vehicle east for 13 miles on the highway as Ziesmer and Sanchez threw suspected contraband out of the windows. The vehicle was forced to stop as it entered Cuming County.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Cuming County Sheriff’s office and Wisner Police assisted the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest.

Dean Welte

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