Columbus Fire Department activity report
8:51 a.m., 2500 block and 14th Street; alarm activation.
6:25 p.m., 2300 block and 235th Avenue; car fire - semi tractor.
11:48 p.m., 3200 block and East 15th Avenue; alarm activation.
9:27 a.m., 3100 block and 23rd Street; sick.
8:56 p.m., 300 block and E. 22nd Street; sick.
10:27 p.m., 100 block and North Road; sick.
6:09 a.m., 1500 block and 7th Street; sick.
Suspect initiates car chase
A deputy with the Platte County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a vehicle at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday after the officer had run its plates and discovered them to be expired, according to Sheriff Ed Wemhoff. The driver, Eric Behrens of Monroe, then allegedly speed off along 340th Avenue, just north of 250th Street. The deputy pursued Behrens for several miles as the driver ran five stop signs before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a ditch.
Law enforcement said Behrens then abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot. A short chase ensured before he was apprehended by law enforcement. A taser was used by deputies while trying to arrest Behrens during the incident. Wemhoff said the taser proved ineffective, meaning it either missed Behrens or his clothing was so thick it had no effect. A sheath knife was found on Behrens's person. A juvenile and a smoking pipe were allegedly discovered in Behrens's vehicle.
Behrens was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, being in possession of a deadly weapon while in a commission of a felony, being in possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, flight to avoid arrest, child endangerment, driving under suspension, willful reckless driving, being in possession of drug paraphernalia and violating five stop signs.
He was also was arrested on a Platte County warrant for failure to appear in court.
Two others arrested on Wednesday
On Wednesday, Leighton Fortner of Omaha was arrested on a Lancaster County warrant for failure to appear in court and for a Platte County warrant for failure to pay child support, according to Wemhoff. He will be in police custody for either a total of 60 days or until he pays the amount owed for the child support, according to Sgt. Dan Hickman with the detention facility.
That same day, Marvin Marty III of Monroe turned himself in to the sheriff's office on a Platte County warrant for third-degree assault. He is currently in police custody, according to Hickman.
Child learns to dial 911
On Thursday, a preschooler dialed 911. According to Wemhoff, the child had just been taught in school how to use a phone in case of an emergency and wanted to test it out. Dispatch asked the child to speak to her parents who explained the situation.