NSP: Two-hour standoff on I-80 results in arrest of armed man

Authorities have arrested a man Thursday night after a two-hour standoff on Interstate 80. 
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Authorities have arrested a man Thursday night after a two-hour standoff on Interstate 80.

The Nebraska State Patrol said a another driver reported a Dodge Charger was driving erratically between Paxton and Sutherland. The caller reported the driver of the Charger had pointed a handgun at him as they passed on the road.

Troopers found the suspect vehicle west of North Platte and performed a traffic stop. The driver – later identified as 49-year-old Mario Brown, of Grants, New Mexico – refused to comply with commands from the trooper, who later called in backup, the patrol said.

After more than two hours of talking with Brown, during which time I-80 was closed, negotiators got Brown to get out of his car voluntarily at which point he was arrested, the patrol said.

A search of the Charger turned up a handgun, rifle and approximately two pounds of marijuana, the patrol said.

Brown was arrested for making terroristic threats, use of a firearm to commit a felony, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana – more than one pound, obstructing a peace officer, and disobeying a lawful order. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues. Brown was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.

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