COLUMBUS – A 33-year-old Columbus man found snoozing behind the wheel of his luxury SUV idling at a busy intersection in the early-morning hours Saturday bolted away from the city police officer who awakened him at speeds topping 100 mph.

Suspect Jorge Delgado Jimenez was arrested after a high-speed pursuit that went out of town before returning down city residential streets and highways and culminating after about 30 minutes with the assistance of a mechanical tire deflator.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa set Jimenez’s bond at $75,000, 10 percent allowed for release, during a brief hearing Monday held via video link from the Platte County Detention Facility.

The defendant was arrested for fleeing to avoid arrest, third-offense driving under the influence, willful reckless driving and driving during revocation.

The judge scheduled Jimenez for a felony first appearance hearing on March 14.

The county attorney’s office has not yet filed formal charges against the defendant.

Court records described a 3:15 a.m. incident that began with Columbus Police Officer Bryan Heusinkvelt reporting finding a black Cadillac Escalade stopped facing westward at the 23rd Street and 18th Avenue intersection with a flashing yellow traffic signal.

The driver was leaning against the door window, sleeping or unconscious, Heusinkvelt wrote in his probable cause arrest statement.

“I activated my emergency lights and approached the vehicle. I woke the driver by knocking on the window several times,” the officer reported. “The driver was confused and did not follow my instructions to place the vehicle in park.”

Instead, Heusinkvelt said, the suspect sped away on 23rd Street at speeds climbing above 100 mph.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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