Multi-county pursuit ends with arrest near York

YORK COUNTY — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested one person after a pursuit last night which went through multiple counties.

At approximately 11:10 p.m., Thursday, a trooper attempted a traffic stop on a Volkswagen Jetta for speeding on Interstate 80 near Grand Island. The driver of the Volkswagen pulled over to the shoulder. The driver then accelerated and fled eastbound as soon as the trooper exited his patrol unit. The trooper initiated a pursuit.

Troopers pursued the vehicle through Hall, Hamilton and into York County as it continued eastbound on I-80, with speeds exceeding 120 miles per hour. The Volkswagen exited at the York interchange, entered I-80 westbound, drove through the median, exited I-80 a second time at the York interchange, and began traveling southbound on Highway 81. The subject then fled on a country road, through a private drive, through a front lawn and got back onto Highway 81 northbound.

A trooper then successfully performed a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the suspect vehicle to a stop, just south of the I-80 junction with Highway 81. The driver was taken into custody without further incident. The York County Sheriff’s Office, York Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in this incident.

The driver, Zackary Rainey, 23, of Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested for flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under suspension, resisting arrest and other charges. He was lodged in the York County Jail.

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