WAHOO, Neb. (WOWT)-- Saunders County investigators reveal that the semi driver who crashed into Wahoo Police Officer’s cruisers Tuesday was possibly by no accident.
60-year-old Jeffrey Ehrlich has been charged with attempted murder Wednesday after totaling a Wahoo police SUV and cruiser with his semi-tractor. Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz said Erlich was arrested on Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, 2nd Degree Assault of a Police Officer, two Counts of Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony, and two Counts of Criminal Mischief over $5,000. Stukenholtz said additional charges are possible.
According to investigators, he had issues with the police department.
Ehrlich told the judge he doesn’t remember.
“This is a big, big problem that happened. I don’t recall much that evening,” said Ehrlich.
Tuesday night in Wahoo, the suspect was in cuffs outside his home after the investigators were originally called for a disturbance.
According to prosecutors, Ehrlich was looking for a fight.
“Defendant made a phone call that he assaulted someone and Wahoo Police were going to pay and that he intended to die that evening,” said a prosecutor.
One of his officers jumped behind a tree for protection as the semi driver raced over the curb and prosecutors allege, he got out and came at them with a baseball bat.
“They showed a remarkable amount of restraint and great aptitude for tactics, able to get the suspect in custody without any injury,” said Chief of Wahoo Police Bruce Ferrell.
Sheriff Stukenholtz said, “We are probably lucky the outcome was just two totaled police cars and a damaged truck.”
Stukenholtz said in a Facebook post one officer was treated and released after the incident.
The Judge said he believed the suspect to be a flight risk and a danger to others. Bond remains at $500,000.