Omaha Police officer recovering from crash injuries

May 28, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha officer is recovering from injuries he received when his cruiser was struck by a semitrailer along Interstate 80.

The Omaha Police Department says the accident occurred a little before 6:30 p.m. Sunday as the officer was conducting a traffic stop. Police say the officer and his patrol dog were inside the cruiser when the semitrailer smacked into its rear.

Officer Troy Liebe was taken to Nebraska Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The dog apparently wasn't hurt.

The truck driver was identified as 56-year-old Thomas Tieskotter of Spanaway, Wash. He was arrested and booked into Douglas County Jail on several charges, including driving under the influence of drugs. A jailer said Tieskotter remained in custody on Monday. Online court records don't yet list the case.

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