Saunders County Sheriff’s Office investigating after driver dies following pursuit

Ashland Police and other authorities are investigating after an early-morning pursuit resulted in the suspect's death.
Published: Nov. 19, 2023 at 4:50 PM CST
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ASHLAND, Neb. (WOWT) - Saunders County authorities are investigating after the driver of the vehicle they were in pursuit of died early Sunday.

SCSO tells 6 News one of its deputies notified dispatchers they were in pursuit of a 2004 Chevy Malibu heading north on 16th Street in Ashland just after 2:30 a.m. While in pursuit, the deputy advised Ashland Fire and Rescue that the driver had left the road and struck a tree.

The driver, 29-year-old Tyler Persons of Ashland, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Deputies say Persons was not wearing a seatbelt.

Due to the accident happening during a pursuit, the Nebraska State Patrol was called in to investigate. Ashland Police are assisting, and a grand jury will also be convened.

The sheriff’s office says Persons’ next of kin have been notified.