Residents admit participating in Plattsmouth car chase
PLATTSMOUTH – Two Nebraska City residents admitted Tuesday morning that they had led authorities on a high-speed chase near Plattsmouth this past summer.
Trace M. Schmitz, 22, and Bronwyn J. Bostwick, 21, both appeared in Cass County District Court for plea hearings. Both accepted plea deals with prosecutors at the court proceedings.
Schmitz pled guilty to one Class IV felony charge of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. He also entered a guilty plea to one Class I misdemeanor of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine.
Bostwick pled guilty to Class I misdemeanor charges of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine and false reporting. The state agreed to dismiss two infraction charges of possession of marijuana-less than one ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia in exchange for her two admissions.
Deputy Cass County Attorney Steven Sunde told the court Schmitz and Bostwick were involved in a car pursuit that began near Church Road on Highway 75 south of Plattsmouth. The incident began just after 9:30 a.m. July 7.
A Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop Schmitz and Bostwick in their silver 2007 Dodge Ram pickup for a traffic violation. Schmitz ignored the deputy’s lights and began accelerating on the highway. Sunde said Schmitz passed several other vehicles on the shoulder of the road and reached speeds in excess of 95 mph.
The deputy terminated the pursuit in order to protect other members of the public who were traveling near Plattsmouth. Cass County Sheriff’s Office notified Plattsmouth police officers about the chase and requested their assistance in locating Schmitz and Bostwick.
Police immediately began searching for the pickup and found it five minutes later in the 500 block of Oakmont Drive off of Chicago Avenue. They were able to stop the truck and speak with both Schmitz and Bostwick.
A witness told police she had been driving on Oakmont Drive when Schmitz and Bostwick approached her in the truck. The witness said she had to take evasive action to avoid a crash. She also said she saw a male driving the truck.
Sunde said Bostwick had told police officers that she was the one driving the truck when the chase began. She said she and Schmitz had switched places at the Plattsmouth roundabout. She later withdrew her testimony and admitted Schmitz had been driving the whole time. Sunde said that was the basis for the false reporting charge.
Police saw a marijuana pipe in plain view inside the truck when they stopped Schmitz and Bostwick. They conducted an additional search and found two glass pipes with a white substance in them. Sunde said state crime lab employees later tested the pipes and confirmed the presence of methamphetamine.
Schmitz and Bostwick were both arrested and transported to Cass County Jail. Schmitz remains in Cass County Jail and Bostwick is free on bond. Sentencing hearings for both people will take place Jan. 7.