A 28-year-old Murdock, Neb., man was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of third-offense DUI in connection with a Cass County traffic accident that left two people seriously injured.
Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann said the two-vehicle accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Nebraska Highways 50 and 1.
The Sheriff's Office said Andrew Zeorian, who fled from the accident scene, was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident, driving under the influence third offense, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs while causing an injury accident, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer. The Sheriff's Office said Zeorian also was charged with several other traffic violations.
Brueggemann said Michael Timerman, 58, of Plattsmouth, was northbound on Highway 50 in a 1999 Dodge Caravan taxi that was taking a male juvenile customer to the Omaha area.
Timerman's van was struck by a 1993 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck that possibly ran a stop sign at the highway intersection, the sheriff said. The pickup, driven by Zeorian, was westbound on Highway 1.
The crash forced the van to spin and roll, coming to rest upright in the northeast ditch of the intersection, authorities said.
The juvenile passenger was taken by Weeping Water Rescue to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Timerman had to be cut free from the van, and he was taken by medical helicopter to Nebraska Medical Center.
A passenger in Zeorian's pickup, Brittaney Ervin, 19, was not injured.
After fleeing from the crash scene, Zeorian later called an off-duty Cass County deputy sheriff. Zeorian was arrested in Murdock and taken to the accident scene. Zeorian then was taken to Nebraska Medical Center by Weeping Water Rescue.
Zeorian was released from the hospital after treatment. He was being held in the Cass County Jail, Brueggemann said.
Timerman and the juvenile remained in the Nebraska Medical Center on Monday. Timerman was listed in fair condition.