Nebraska police say that a truck driver is facing attempted murder charges following a bizarre incident outside the driver’s home.
The incident began just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, in Wahoo, Nebraska.
The Saunders County Sheriff’s Office says that they were called to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of East 2nd Street.
When officers arrived, they say that they were confronted by a suspect driving a semi truck who was later identified as 60 year old Jeffrey Ehrlich.
According to police, “The driver of the semi accelerated into a yard and toward an officer. He re-entered the street and accelerated toward and crashed into a Wahoo Police Car and Saunders County Sheriff’s car. All three vehicles came to rest in the yard of a nearby home. The suspect exited the semi and confronted officers with a baseball bat.”
One of the officers had to hide behind a tree as the semi truck accelerated towards him, WOWT reports.
Police were able to take Ehrlich into custody without further incident.
No injuries were reported. Two police cruisers were reportedly totaled.
Police say that Ehrlich is now facing charges of 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. Additional charges could follow.
Ehrlich’s bond was set at $500,000.
Prosecutors report that Ehrlich had prior issues with the police: “Defendant made a phone call that he assaulted someone and Wahoo Police were going to pay and that he intended to die that evening.”