Nebraska troopers arrest two after high-speed pursuit near Cozad

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Two were arrested after a high-speed pursuit near Cozad, the Nebraska State Patrol said.

On Wednesday, a Lexington Police officer tried pulling over a Chevrolet Impala as part of a multi-agency investigation.

But the suspect left Lexington westbound on Highway 30, the patrol said.

Around 10 a.m., a trooper began pursuing the suspect’s vehicle after seeing it on Road 761 near Cozad.

The driver, 23-year-old Jose Ruiz of Grand Island, then turned south onto gravel roads and continued for several miles.

During the pursuit, both Ruiz and 26-year-old Sarah Beale of Lexington, threw out several items from the vehicle, the patrol said.

After the pursuit went through Cozad, Ruiz drove onto Road 761 and began reaching speeds of over 100 mph, according to the patrol.

A Dawson County Sheriff’s deputy and a Lexington Police officer stopped the vehicle when they deployed stop sticks, the patrol said.

Both Ruiz and Beale got out of the vehicle and tried running on foot before law enforcement caught up and took them into custody.

Ruiz was arrested on suspicion of willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, obstruction and two active felony warrants.

Beale was arrested on suspicion of obstruction, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, littering and two active felony warrants.

Both were taken to the Dawson County Jail, the patrol said.

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