North Platte man in hospital after high speed pursuit

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -- 48-year-old Robert Glen Cheever of North Platte is in the hospital after a Monday night high speed chase and crash. Charges are pending. Sheriff officials say Cheever stole a SUV at a gas station and crashed on Sandhill Road.

Officials say speeds topped 95 miles per hour. They finally found Cheever after they received a call of a rollover accident on North Sandhills Road. Officials say they discovered Cheever drinking an alcoholic beverage in the stolen SUV.

Cheever was taken to the hospital with injuries. Charges are pending and the investigation is not over.

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ORIGINAL STORY: FEB. 5, 2018
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office responded to a crash about a mile north on Sandhill Road Monday night after the driver stole a SUV from Casey's on Rodeo Road.

Deputies say the driver led North Platte police on a high speed chase before they called for back up to search for the vehicle.

Police clocked the driver at 95 miles an hour north on Highway 83.

A witness spotted the vehicle near the ditch about thirty minutes later on Sandhill Road.

"There was a report that a vehicle possibly stolen out of North Platte from Casey's was headed north out of North Platte and believed to have turned on Suburban Road," said Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Deputy Derek Hanna. "We were unable to find the vehicle at that time but we were still in the area when the call came in that the vehicle had rolled over."

Deputies say the investigation is now a multi-agency investigation.

The driver was driving under the influence of alcohol and transported to Great Plains Health by first responders with arm pain.

The Nebraska State Patrol and the North Platte Fire Department also assisted.