A 34-year-old Omaha man is accused of driving drunk and other offenses after his car crashed Sunday night into a tree in La Vista.

James A. Klein had to be freed from a 1986 Toyota Supra and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center shortly after 11 p.m. He was listed in fair condition Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A strong odor of alcohol was present in the car when rescue workers pulled Klein free, La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten said. Klein has three previous convictions for drunken driving and was operating a vehicle with a revoked license, Lausten said.

Accident investigators said an officer from the La Vista Police Department spotted a car heading east on Harrison Street at approximately 90 mph. The officer activated his cruiser lights while the Toyota was at a stoplight.

After the traffic light turned green, the Toyota turned south onto 66th Street and sped away, Lausten said. The officer did not pursue the Toyota but kept driving on 66th Street and came upon the car after it had crashed into a tree.

In addition to being accused of drunken driving and driving without a valid license, Lausten said Klein will be ticketed on suspicion of flight to avoid arrest, failure to have an interlock device on his car and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The South Metro Crash Team, made up of officers from La Vista, Papillion, Bellevue and Sarpy County, conducted the investigation.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1272, kevin.cole@owh.com

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