$50,000 bail set for trucker accused of ramming Nebraska trooper’s car, starting chase

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The man accused of crashing into a trooper before leading law enforcement on a multi-county chase appeared in Lancaster County Court on Monday.

Kasey Martinson, 56, is charged with assault on an officer, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle to avoid arrest.

Martinson’s bail was set at 10% of $500,000, meaning he must pay $50,000 to be released from jail.

According to an arrest affidavit, a trooper spotted Martinson driving a flatbed semi-truck on and off the shoulders of Interstate 80 near Lincoln last Thursday.

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After he pulled over the semi, Martinson backed up into his patrol car, causing the trooper to hit his head before escaping the vehicle.

The trooper ordered the driver to stop, and Martinson appeared to flash a middle finger and curse at him before driving off, according to the affidavit.

Authorities said Martinson was later found driving near Seward on I-80, where a pursuit began. The affidavit says Martinson swerved at multiple police vehicles during the chase.

Stop sticks were deployed near Grand Island, and the truck came to stop near Elm Creek. Law enforcement were then engaged in an hourlong standoff that brought interstate traffic to a halt.

Martinson was arrested after authorities released chemical agents and a dog in the truck’s cab.

The trooper who made the initial stop was treated for a head injury.

Once released from the hospital, the affidavit says, he returned to the scene of the crash.

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