FREMONT – Authorities are searching for a Nebraska State Penitentiary prisoner who escaped after overpowering a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was transporting Eric G. Scott from the Lincoln Diagnostic and Evaluation Center to the Dodge County Jail. Saunders County Sheriff, Kevin Stukenholtz says Scott was able to get out of his constraints and wrapped them around the deputy’s neck, forcing him to turn the government vehicle off a county road.
The deputy was able to throw his service weapon and a long rifle out of the vehicle before Scott managed to get into the front seat and force the deputy from the vehicle and sped away southbound on Highway 77. The long rifle has been recovered, but the .40-caliber service weapon has not and is believed to be in Scott’s possession. The deputy is being treated at Fremont Medical Center as a precautionary measure.
Scott should be considered armed and dangerous. He is a 37-year-old Indian male, 5’10” in height and weighs 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants.
About 7 p.m., authorities received a tip the dark grey 2012 Chevy Impala with government plate #42650 had been spotted in a Nebraska Furniture Mart parking lot. An NFM spokesperson said the store had turned over security footage to authorities.
Scott has been serving a two-year sentence for fifth offense driving under the influence out of Sarpy County, and is scheduled for a parole hearing in July of 2018. He is also charged in Dodge County with two counts of first degree sexual assault of a child in Hooper in 2013, and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Dodge County on Thursday.
If anyone sees Scott or the vehicle, they are asked to call 911 and not attempt to make contact with him. Any information concerning Eric Scott’s whereabouts should be directed to the Doge County Sheriff’s Office at (402) 727-2700, the Nebraska State Patrol, or your local law enforcement agency.
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