An Avoca man trying to elude the police was tasered by an Otoe County Sheriff's Office deputy in a soybean field south of Avoca Wednesday evening.
Otoe County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Holland said a deputy, who's name wouldn't be released, on N. 38th Rd. was patrolling near the Otoe and Cass counties line when he noticed a red three-quarter-ton Chevy pickup truck pulling a dump trailer with a mini excavator on the trailer.
The vehicle had expired Nebraska license plates.
James Peniska, 43, was the driver of the Chevy pickup truck.
Holland said the deputy attempted a traffic stop, but Peniska wouldn't pull over. Instead Peniska drove through the yard of a residence.
The deputy managed to stop Peniska's vehicle in-between a tree and the patrol car. Holland said there was no vehicle contact.
Peniska opened the driver's side door. The deputy exited his patrol car and ordered Peniska to stop and "get on the ground."
Holland said Peniska then shut his driver's side door and proceeded to back up the truck and trailer coming close to hitting the deputy. Holland said Peniska came within 6 feet from the deputy.
"If he would've continued (backing up) he would have (hit the deputy)," Holland said.
Holland said the deputy fired three rounds into Peniska's rear passenger tire.
Peniska then exited the vehicle and ran south about 100 yards across a soybean field. Holland said Peniska and the deputy jumped over a couple of fences during the pursuit.
The deputy then tasered Peniska.
Peniska was arrested at 11:36 p.m. on suspicion of flight to avoid a police officer, assault on an officer, driving under suspension, obstruction and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Peniska was also arrested for a Pottawattamie County, Iowa, felony warrant.
Holland said as of Friday Peniska is still being held in the Otoe County Detention Center. Peniska's arraignment will be Monday and his bond will be determined at that time.
Holland said that alcohol nor drugs were not suspected at the scene and this incident is still under investigation.