NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — A man rolled his car, then held an amphibious bystander hostage during an altercation with a deputy early Wednesday, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was placed in emergency protective custody.
According to the Sheriff’s Office:
Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, a driver was involved in a single-car rollover south of Hershey. The driver got a ride from the scene and contacted deputies while on his way to North Platte.
A deputy pulled over the vehicle near the intersection of Leota and Jeffers Streets. The driver involved in the crash was the passenger in that vehicle. He got out of the car and yelled at the deputy. The man picked up a frog and offered it to the deputy. But then he changed his mind, pulled it back and shouted that he was holding the animal hostage. He also yelled threats at the deputy.
Still carrying the frog, the man threw paper and trash at a North Platte police officer who came to help the deputy. After the man failed to follow directions, the deputy stunned him with a Taser.
The frog was freed, and the man was taken to Great Plains Health.
Drugs and possibly alcohol are suspected to have been factors in the incident, according to the Sheriff’s Office.