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Traffic Stop Turns Physical But Ends With Arrest, Drug Bust Along I-80

LINCOLN–(KFOR Nov. 14)–A Lincoln Police officer and a Sheriff’s deputy were both assaulted during an I-80 traffic stop on Wednesday in western Lancaster County, Sheriff Terry Wagner told reporters on Thursday.

Wagner said a car was spotted weaving in and out of traffic and was stopped by a member of the Lincoln Police Criminal Interdiction Task Force.

Wagner says the officer reported that 47-year-old Pedro Serpa appeared to be intoxicated and got aggressive.

A lengthy struggle took place on the side of the interstate, and a TASER was deployed, but was ineffective due to thick winter clothing.  Other officers arrived to assist, and Serpa was eventually taken into custody.

Two law enforcement officials suffered minor injuries during the struggle.  During the search, Wagner said 52 grams of meth, syringes, mushroom, hydrocodone pills, and a long knife were found.

Serpa was arrested on a number of charges, including possession of a controlled substance.

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