Wyoming man arrested after high-speed pursuit in central Nebraska

A 42-year-old Wyoming man has been arrested in connection with a 45-minute, high-speed, two-county pursuit in central Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Patrol said the pursuit began about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday after troopers spotted a vehicle matching the description of a car sought by Kearney police in connection with an attempted shoplifting.

When troopers attempted a traffic stop, the 2005 Ford Focus fled, entering westbound Interstate 80 and reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, the patrol said.

The Focus left I-80 at Odessa in Buffalo County, continuing westbound on U.S. Highway 30.

Later, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office deputies put down spike strips, which deflated the Ford’s front tires as the pursuit entered Overton, the patrol said.

The vehicle slowed and a passenger got out. The passenger, who was not identified by authorities, was taken into custody by the deputies, the patrol said. The driver continued onto Dawson County roads, authorities said.

Troopers put down more spike strips, deflating the Ford’s rear tires, and the vehicle drove into farm fields before eventually breaking down, the patrol said.

The Wyoming man was arrested on suspicion of flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, criminal mischief, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and on two outstanding warrants in Lincoln County, the patrol said.

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