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Tim Flick

Former State Patrol trooper Tim Flick (center) entered not guilty pleas to three counts in Sheridan County Court Thursday. He's pictured here with his attorney, Dave Domina (right) and special prosecutor Joe Stecher (left).

RUSHVILLE — A former Nebraska State Patrol trooper entered not guilty pleas Thursday to misdemeanor charges for his part in a pursuit that led to a deadly crash.

Tim Flick appeared in Sheridan County Court in front of a standing-room-only crowd of mostly friends and family.

He could get up to two years in jail and fines up to $2,000 if convicted of motor vehicle homicide and making a false statement, both misdemeanors.

He is also charged with careless driving, an infraction, but asked to have it dismissed, arguing the statute of limitations has expired.

Flick’s trial has been set for the week of June 4 in Sheridan County. 

Flick was fired from the State Patrol earlier this year following an investigation into several incidents involving the agency.

He's accused of causing the death of Antoine L. Ladeaux, 32, of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, during a pursuit in Sheridan County after Ladeaux allegedly ran a stop sign on a county road north of Gordon. He's also accused of making a false statement under oath about the incident two months after it occurred.

A Sheridan County grand jury, convened as required by law after the death of an individual in police custody, found no wrongdoing.

But in the wake of the broader investigation of the State Patrol, District Judge Travis O’Gorman appointed former U.S. Attorney Joe Stecher as a special prosecutor to look into the matter further.

Stecher filed the charges against Flick in late February.

Assistant city editor

Shelly Kulhanek is assistant city editor.

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