Man hijacked truck, led troopers on chase in North Platte, patrol says

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A man struck a North Platte business during a chase with troopers on Tuesday, the Nebraska State Patrol says.

Around 11:40 p.m., a trooper saw a large truck driving with faulty lights on Highway 83 near West Rodeo Road.

When the trooper tried to pull over the truck, the driver – later identified as 32-year-old Jeremiah Hebner – refused to stop.

Instead, Hebner jumped the curb and drove through a parking lot, the patrol said.

The truck came to a stop after it sideswiped a building near West Rodeo Road and North Sycamore Street.

Hebner got out of the truck and ran away.  The patrol said troopers did not chase after him.

The truck was found to have been stolen from a North Platte business.

Hebner had left some of his things in the truck, the patrol said.

On Wednesday, the business found a wallet where the truck had been parked.  The patrol says the wallet matched the items that were left in the truck.

Shortly after, troopers found Hebner and took him into custody.

He was arrested on suspicion of flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under suspension and theft by unlawful taking of more than $5,000.

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