NSP investigating after multi-county pursuit ends with one person dead, another under arrest
YORK, Neb. -- Authorities are investigating after a chase ended with one person dead.
The Nebraska State Patrol said Friday night that it is investigating a fatality crash that occurred in York County following a multi-agency pursuit.
At approximately 7:40 a.m. Friday, a trooper observed an eastbound Jeep Wrangler driving on the shoulder and following another vehicle too closely near mile marker 354 on Interstate 80, according to NSP spokesperson Cody Thomas. The trooper reportedly attempted a traffic stop, but the driver refused to yield and accelerated to over 100 miles per hour with the trooper in pursuit, Thomas said.
After several miles, Thomas said, the Jeep exited I-80 and began traveling on county roads south of the Interstate in York County. The vehicle then reportedly entered a field and continued fleeing southbound. When the vehicle drove through a fence and continued into a pasture, the trooper did not pursue through the fence, according to NSP.
The vehicle continued southbound through the field, while the trooper drove back north to connect with the nearest county road, Thomas said in a Friday night release. The York County Sheriff’s Office and Seward County Sheriff’s Office then picked up the pursuit as the vehicle continue southbound. Moments later, the suspect vehicle struck a bridge guardrail and crashed, Thomas said.
Both occupants were ejected from the vehicle. The passenger, identified as Melissa Hernandez, 30, of North Platte, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver, identified as Christopher Brewer, 30, of North Platte, was not seriously injured and was immediately taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies. Methamphetamine was located at the crash scene, according to Thomas.
Brewer was treated for minor injuries at the hospital in York and has since been lodged in York County Jail for motor vehicle homicide, flight to avoid arrest, second-offense willful reckless driving, driving under suspension, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver, and numerous traffic violations.
The York County Attorney has assigned the Nebraska State Patrol to conduct the crash investigation. The entire incident lasted approximately 15 minutes, Thomas said.