Man pleads guilty after allegedly taking state patrol, YSO on pursuit

YORK – Zackary River Rainey, 23, of Kansas City, Missouri, has pleaded not guilty in a case where he is accused of taking Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) troopers and York County Sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit on Interstate 80 and into York.

He appeared for arraignment this week in York County District Court.

He is charged with operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class 4 felony; resisting arrest, a Class 1 misdemeanor; obstructing an officer, a Class 1 misdemeanor; willful reckless driving, a Class 3 misdemeanor; possession of more than one pound of marijuana, a Class 3 misdemeanor; driving under suspension, a Class 3 misdemeanor; and failure to obey a lawful order, a Class 3 misdemeanor.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, filed with the District Court, troopers attempted to stop Rainey for a traffic violation but he fled. As the pursuit was underway on Interstate 80, deputies were in the median of the interstate when Rainey’s vehicle sped past them at a high rate of speed.

Court documents indicate Rainey was driving 120 mph down the interstate. When he reached York, he took the exit, headed north, then re-entered the interstate, turned around and took the York exit again. It is alleged he then turned south on Highway 81 and traveled to Road 5 where it turned east. As the vehicle was turning east, a trooper attempted a technique but was unsuccessful and the vehicle turned back north on a private drive coming to a house. Rainey went through the front yard of a house before driving through the ditch to head north on Highway 81. Eventually, the vehicle came to a stop at a convenience store at the York interchange.

Court documents indicate Rainey was given commands to exit the vehicle and kneel on the ground, which allegedly failed to obey. Deputies with the YSO then apprehended the subject and placed him in handcuffs.

Investigators were advised he had a suspended driver’s license and they found 168 grams of raw marijuana during an inventory search of the vehicle.

A jury trial has been scheduled for Feb. 27, 2024.

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