Truck driver suspected of ramming patrol cruiser
LINCOLN -- One person has been arrested following a hit-and-run with a Nebraska State Trooper, a pursuit, and an hour-long standoff on Interstate 80.
A Nebraska State Patrol press release says the incident began at approximately 5:10 p.m., after NSP had received information regarding a truck pulling a flatbed trailer that was driving recklessly on Interstate 80.
A trooper observed reckless driving near Lincoln and attempted a traffic stop.
After the vehicle pulled over to the shoulder, it accelerated in reverse, striking the trooper’s patrol unit, disabling his unit, and injuring the trooper. The vehicle then fled westbound on Interstate 80.
A short time later, a Seward County sheriff’s deputy located the truck and also attempted a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.
Troopers took over the pursuit as the truck entered York County. As the truck passed the Grand Island interchanges, stop sticks were deployed to slow the vehicle. The semi lost multiple tires, but it continued driving westbound on Interstate 80. During the pursuit, the driver attempted to strike multiple patrol vehicles.
Troopers were able to bring the truck and semi-trailer to a stop near mile at approximately 7:45 p.m.
The press release says the driver refused to exit the vehicle or respond to repeated commands from troopers.
After approximately one hour of attempting to have the driver exit voluntarily, an NSP K9 was deployed into the cab of the truck. The driver then exited immediately and was taken into custody.
The driver has been identified as Kasey Martinson, 56, of Sanborn, North Dakota.
Charges are pending. The injured trooper was transported to Bryan Health Center West Campus by another trooper and has been treated for minor injuries and released.