BELLEVUE (KPTM) – A Bellevue police sergeant barely misses crashing head on with another driver Tuesday night. The accident, which ended in one neighbor's yard, was caught on camera inside the police cruiser.
The man driving the car that hit cruiser has been identified as18-year-old John Shook from Omaha. Shook was arrested for wreck less driving and speeding, as well as criminal mischief. Police said a 17-year-old was also in the car with Shook.
Officer Derek Bees was driving the cruiser. BPD officials said they are proud of Bees for quickly reacting and dodging the other car.
When Bees drove down 42nd Street Tuesday night he found himself in the center of the action—a car speeding northbound and going over the hill in the distance.
The driver was going 90 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.
Surveillance video shows the car losing control and veering into the southbound lane.
Bees veered into a neighbor's yard to avoid a head-on crash.
"At that rate it could have easily been a fatality accident. There was just no way around that," said Bellevue Police Chief, Mark Elbert. "We are very thankful that he got out of the way."
Elbert said the damage was minor. Both cars were scratched and a neighbor's bush was knocked over.
But there any wasn't good news for the landowners.
"They haven't even been there a year," said Karen Webb who lives in the area. "What a great way to start off the year right?"
Neighbors like Karen Webb said this exposes a bigger problem—constant speeding on the street.
Webb has several children she hardly lets near the sidewalks. "It might not have been a cop, they could have over turned and gone into a house. It happens all the time."
Chief Elbert has the area under his radar because of the many churches, schools and home nearby.
John Shook bonded out of jail today. No word yet on when he will be in court.
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