Two arrested after multi-county pursuit

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Published: Nov. 2, 2020 at 1:20 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KOLN) Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two people following a pursuit in York and Seward Counties. Deputies from the York and Seward County Sheriff’s Offices assisted in this effort.

At approximately 10:35 p.m. Sunday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Blazer driving with a headlight out on Road 9 near Highway 81, south of the Interstate 80 interchange near York. The trooper and a York County Sheriff’s Deputy, who was also in the area, attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle fled westbound on Road 9. The trooper initiated a pursuit.

The suspect vehicle turned north on the Hampton spur and entered I-80, traveling eastbound at mile marker 338. Troopers continued pursuing the vehicle as it fled at a high rate of speed eastbound on I-80. Near mile marker 366, Seward County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to successfully deploy stop sticks, bringing the vehicle to a stop. At that point, troopers and deputies were able to take both occupants into custody without further incident.

The driver, Jessie Shafer, 31, of Lincoln, was arrested for felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under suspension, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana – less than an ounce, and numerous traffic violations. The passenger, Derrick Phipps, 36, of Lincoln, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession drug paraphernalia. Both were lodged in York County Jail.

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