NSP: Two arrested following high-speed chase down I-80
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) made two arrests following a high-speed chase across York and Seward Counties.
It all happened around 7 o’clock Wednesday night when a trooper noted that a Kia SUV was tailgating another vehicle near York on I-80. When signaling for the Kia to stop, the driver provided fake identification.
The driver was sitting in the cruiser while the trooper ran his I.D.’s. When he found they were fake, the driver ran out of the cruiser and sped off with his two passengers.
Pursing the Kia, NSP noted it was speeding over 130 mph as it fled east, passing other cars on the shoulder. Exiting I-80 at the Goehner exit, the driver lost control.
He struck a sign, fend, and an unoccupied truck before coming to a stop in a ditch.
The driver ran out of the vehicle into a nearby cornfield. NSP K9 units were able to find him hiding in a tree a few hours later. After being medically cleared at a Seward hospital, he was identified as 32-year-old David Fletcher of Milwaukee, WI, and arrested on several charges including reckless driving and avoiding arrest.
His two passengers, who remained in the car following the accident, were also taken to a Seward hospital to be medically cleared.
One passenger was identified as 30-year-old Christopher Barbosa of Milwaukee, WI. Barbosa was arrested on an outstanding warrant.