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A 36-year-old man driving on O Street Saturday during Cruise Night narrowly avoided a head-on collision after attempting to flee from police.

Initially, a police officer parked near 37th and O streets saw a blue Mazda driving eastbound with no headlights at about 9:15 p.m.

The driver, Daniel Thomas, pulled into a convenience store at 44th and O streets and appeared to be intoxicated, according to police.

Instead of stepping out of the car, Thomas sped back onto O Street, driving westbound in the eastbound lanes with heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic, Officer Angela Sands said.

After narrowly avoiding a head-on collision, Thomas pulled into another parking lot off of O Street and ran, she said.

He was caught a short distance away and arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, DUI, refusal of a chemical test, obstructing a peace officer, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, open alcohol container, no operator’s license, no insurance, and no headlights after dark.

The Lincoln Police Department partnered with the Nebraska State Patrol over the holiday weekend to provide high visibility traffic enforcement along O Street.

In all, 152 citations were issued, including speeding and violations of traffic signal and seat belt usage and registration and insurance requirements.

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Assistant city editor

Shelly Kulhanek is assistant city editor.

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