Local man nabbed by Nebraska cops
Police in Nebraska arrested a Basalt man Sunday night after an alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend outside a downtown Basalt coffee shop that morning.Buffalo Creek County authorities arrested Scott Ellison, 42, about 9 p.m. Sunday at the First Interstate Hotel in Elm Creek, Neb. He will be returned to Colorado, where he’s facing charges of attempted second-degree kidnapping, which is a felony; harassment; and domestic violence, which is not a criminal charge per se but an enhancement to the kidnapping charge. He also faces traffic citations for failing to report an accident and failing to provide information after an accident, according to Basalt police.Basalt officers were called to Gold Rivers Court about 8 a.m. Sunday after Ellison reportedly crashed into his ex-girlfriend’s parked vehicle in front of The Canteen coffee shop and attempted to pull her from the car by her neck.It’s possible he slid, rather than rammed, the woman’s car, Basalt officer Brooke Bishop said. The victim believes Ellison misjudged the slippery parking area.”She didn’t think he was using his vehicle as a weapon,” Bishop said. “It was a black sheet of ice.”According to police, Ellison was westbound on Two Rivers Road when he spotted the victim’s vehicle pulling into a parking space in front of the coffee shop. He crossed Two Rivers Road and struck the victim’s passenger door with his GMC truck. He then went to the driver’s side of the car, ripped the side-view mirror off, opened the door and tried to pull the woman out by her neck, according to a police department press release.Employees of the coffee shop witnessed the incident and came out to confront Ellison, who left the scene, according to police. The victim was not injured, Bishop said.Police were unable to locate Ellison but learned on Sunday evening that he was staying at a hotel in Elm Creek after he placed a phone call to the victim. Her cell phone recorded the hotel number from which he placed the call, Bishop said.Basalt authorities issued a warrant for his arrest. The Eagle County judge who signed the warrant set no bond for Ellison, instead mandating that he remain in custody pending a court appearance.
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