Two arrested after running away from Seward County deputies, authorities say

Hundreds of ecstasy pills were seized from their vehicle
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Courtesy Seward County Sheriff's Office

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Two were arrested Thursday after running from deputies during a traffic stop on Interstate-80, the Seward County Sheriff’s Office says.

Around 11:00 p.m. a K9 Handler with the Homeland Security Investigations Criminal Interdiction Task Force-West pulled over a Chevy Cruze for multiple traffic violations on I-80 near Seward.

Once the vehicle stopped, Steven Townsend, 33, and Destiny Burnett, 23, got out and ran away, the sheriff’s office says.

Burnett eventually returned to the K9 handler and was arrested.

Deputies then began a search for Townsend after troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrived to help.

After a two-hour search, they finally found Townsend hiding in a culvert under I-80, according to the sheriff’s office.

Troopers arrested him and sent him to a hospital due to him being in cold water for an extended period of time.  Townsend was treated for medical issues that were not life-threatening.

Authorities searched the vehicle and seized contraband that included hundreds of ecstasy pills, the sheriff’s office says.

Burnett, who is from Hope Mills, North Carolina, was arrested on suspicion of possession with the intent to deliver ecstasy, possession of a schedule one controlled substance and obstructing a police officer.

Townsend, who is from Hollywood, South Carolina, was released from the hospital and was arrested on suspicion of possession with the intent to deliver ecstasy, possession of a schedule one controlled substance and obstructing a police officer.

Both were lodged in the Seward County Detention Center.

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