LINCOLN, Nebraska — University of Nebraska-Lincoln police issued a text alert just before 6 Wednesday morning warning students that they were looking for a "dangerous subject near East Campus."
The dangerous subject turned out to be a woman in the cab of a stolen beer truck, Lincoln police said Wednesday morning.
Officers arrested Danna Hespen, 38, on suspicion of stealing the tractor-trailer from a gas station on 27th and W streets.
Investigators believe she got into the truck and locked the door while a K&Z Distributing employee was unloading the tractor-trailer at the station. The employee tried to open the door and called 911 while Hespen was still inside the running vehicle.
According to its website, K&Z distributes Miller, Samuel Adams, Leinenkugel's, Heineken, Mike's Hard Lemonade, Pabst and other beers.
When police got to the gas station, Officer Katie Flood said, Hespen drove out of the lot and hit a Lincoln police cruiser with one officer inside.
Police began to pursue the vehicle, and Flood said they reported Hespen deliberately swerved toward an officer who was deploying stop sticks near 48th and Cleveland streets. He wasn't injured.
The pursuit was called off for safety reasons as the truck passed 48th Street and Leighton Avenue, Flood said.
UNL police found it on East Campus soon after, crashed near the veterinary science parking lot.
UNL Police Capt. Jerry Plessel said officers cited Hespen with criminal mischief and willful reckless driving. He said she hit an emergency phone, a fence and a light pole.
Initial incident reports say the total amount of damage is estimated at $13,000.
Lincoln police arrested her on suspicion of auto theft, fleeing arrest, attempted assault on a police officer and driving under the influence.
Hespen was arrested March 18 and is set to be in court May 16 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. She is listed in court records as a transient.