An Omaha man who fled a traffic stop in Blair allegedly pushed a woman out of the vehicle before speeding away from police, according to court documents.
Joshua P. Pintore, 29, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property-more than $5,000, a Class 2A felony; two counts of first-degree false imprisonment, a Class 3A felony; failure to stop and render aid, a Class 3A felony; resisting arrest-subsequent offense, a Class 3A felony; and flight to avoid arrest, a Class 4 felony.
Pintore is also charged as a habitual criminal, which could enhance the sentence for each charge to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 60 years, if he is convicted.
His bond is set at $1 million or 10 percent.
According to the arrest affidavit, Blair police was dispatched to a parking lot in the 1300 block of South Highway 30 at approximately 3:36 a.m. Oct. 18 for a possible stolen vehicle with fictitious plates from Council Bluffs. The vehicle had been spotted by the owner.
The vehicle, which was a 2002 tan Chevrolet Trailblazer, was not in that parking lot, but later located in a parking lot in the 200 block of South Eighth Street. It was confirmed stolen.
An officer attempted a traffic stop in the 200 block of North 10th Street. The vehicle slowed and the passenger door and rear driver's side door opened. A woman fell out of the passenger side. Another woman remained in the vehicle.
The vehicle continued north on 10th Street at a high rate of speed outside of Blair city limits.
The woman who fell from the vehicle identified the driver as Pintore. She told officers she asked him to pull over and stop, but he wouldn't. She said she opened the door and Pintore pushed her out.
Washington County sheriff's deputies found the Trailblazer crashed in a ditch north of Blair. Pintore had fled on foot.
The passenger still inside the vehicle was transported to Memorial Community Hospital and Health System. She was later transferred to Nebraska Medicine with a brain injury.
The woman told officers she had tried to get out of the vehicle, but couldn't get her door open. The woman said she pleaded with Pintore to let her out, but he refused.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found Pintore's identification card in the center console. A check of his driving record showed his license was suspended and revoked.
At approximately 10:13 a.m. deputies were notified of a suspicious person walking in the 12800 block of County Road 10 — a few miles from the crash scene.
Deputies located Pintore in the 13500 block of CR 10, where he was taken into custody. Blair police later arrested him.
According to court records, Pintore is currently on post-release supervision for attempted possession of a hazardous drug with intent to manufacture or deliver and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. He was convicted in March.