Norfolk Police Respond to Reckless Driving Reports
NORFOLK - In a period of about three-and-a-half hours yesterday (Monday) afternoon, Norfolk Police responded to four willful reckless driving complaints, all involving a Pontiac Grand Prix and Jeep Cherokee. At 3:22 p.m., police were dispatched to the 300 block of South Boxelder Street. Witnesses reported a Grand Prix and Cherokee ramming each other. When officers arrived, both vehicles were gone. Moments later, police were dispatched to 1st and Whitney to investigate a report that a Grand Prix, Cherokee and GMC Yukon had been ramming each other. At around 7 p.m., Norfolk Police Captain Mike Bauer, says officers located the Grand Prix going north at the corner of 1st Street and Omaha Avenue. During a traffic stop, officers identified the driver as 20-year-old Austin Risor and the passenger as 21-year-old Steven Sanderford, both of Norfolk. Risor was found to be carrying a white-powdery substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers also say the passenger – Sanderford - attempted to pull a baseball bat from under the seat. Officers also found a digital scale, plastic bottle, and plastic tube that all tested positive for methamphetamine. While at the scene the occupants of the Yukon, Jeff and Jamie Bear, who told officers their vehicle was behind the Pontiac and struck from behind by the Jeep, and that the driver of the Jeep abandoned the vehicle on 1st Street, south of Omaha Avenue and entered the Grand Prix on the passenger side. Bauer says officers located the Jeep, and say witnesses described the driver, which matched the description of Sanderford. Sanderford was arrested for 2nd Degree Assault, Felony Criminal Mischief, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person, Willful Reckless Driving and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Risor was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and Jamie Bear was issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident. Bauer says Police continue to investigate and are following up on possible additional law violations.