NSP: Illinois man arrested after pursuit near Lexington
LEXINGTON, Neb. -- The Nebraska State Patrols said troopers arrested an Illinois man following a pursuit on Interstate 80 in central Nebraska.
The incident happened around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday when a trooper said they observed a Nissan Versa traveling over 100 mph on I-80 near Lexington.
NSP said the trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the driver, 23-year-old Frederick McGee of Illinois, refused to yield and fled at a high rate of speed, and the trooper initiated a pursuit.
It was reported that during the pursuit, McGee was speeding to where he almost reached 120 mph, and at times, would he use the shoulder to pass other vehicles.
According to the NSP, as McGee reached mile marker 261, another trooper was able to successfully deploy stop sticks causing McGee to slow down quite a bit, but McGee still refused to stop.
The NSP said a trooper then successfully performed a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the vehicle to a stop.
Authorities said the entire pursuit lasted about 16 minutes.
McGee was taken into custody without further incident.
Troopers said they also found a duffle bag containing 16 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the car.
McGee was arrested for flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and other charges.
He was lodged in Dawson County Jail.