Suspect lights stolen truck on fire following 100 mph chase

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KLKN) – According to Nebraska State Patrol, one person is in custody following a pursuit in southwest Nebraska on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 4:20 pm, NSP was alerted that the McCook Police Department was in pursuit of a stolen Ford dually truck headed northbound on Highway 83.

Troopers responded to the area assisting in the pursuit.  The vehicle was reportedly traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour and at times, was driving towards oncoming traffic.

The vehicle eventually left the road, driving through a pasture, and returned to Highway 83 traveling southbound.

As the vehicle slowed down between Maywood and McCook, a trooper was able to successfully perform a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver to bring the vehicle to a stop. The driver refused to exit the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes.

Troopers were preparing to approach the vehicle when they noticed the driver had started a fire in the cab of the truck.  The driver then exited the truck on his own and was immediately taken into custody.

Troopers observed the driver to be suffering from a medical issue and provided medical assistance, including administering Narcan on the scene.

The driver, Keaneu Depe, age 23, of Colby, of Kansas, was transported by Frontier Rural Fire and Rescue to the hospital in McCook for medical clearance.

Depe is being lodged in Red Willow County Jail for flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, theft by receiving stolen property, obstructing a peace officer, 3rd-degree arson, and traffic violations. Additional charges are pending.

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