Saunders County deputy released from hospital after crash during late-night chase

SAUNDERS COUNTY, Neb. (KLKN) — The Saunders County sheriff says a deputy who was seriously hurt after crashing his vehicle during a late-night chase over the weekend, is now recovering from home.

The sheriff says deputy Leuck was released from the hospital Sunday night after suffering a fractured rib, torn ligament in his ankle and bruisng his lungs among many more injuries.

The department says Lueck was attempting to make a traffic stop Friday night around 10:00 p.m. on Highway 79. The suspect, 26-year-old Dustin Hayes of Prague, Neb., turned onto County Road N and drove eastbound at a high rate of speed, according to a press release.

Authorities say Lueck lost contact with the suspect after he lost control of his car and rolled into a nearby field. That’s when Lueck lost control of his own vehicle and ended up in a creek, causing the cruiser to catch fire and become engulfed in flames.

Hayes sustained minor injuries and was taken into custody after being medically cleared.

Lueck was being treated at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha before being released.

“We are very thankful that he is on the road to recovery and thank everyone for reaching out and all of the support you have given him,” said the Saunders County sheriff in a Facebook post.

The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating both accidents.

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