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Low-speed pursuit closes Interstate 80 for 45 minutes
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Low-speed pursuit closes Interstate 80 for 45 minutes

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East and westbound traffic on Interstate 80 near Gothenburg was held up for 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon because of a low-speed pursuit.

A Nebraska State Patrol trooper saw a Chevrolet Suburban traveling east on the interstate at 30 mph near mile marker 190 at about 3 p.m. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, and while it stopped momentarily, it then took off at 30 to 35 mph.

Troopers ultimately deployed spike strips and brought the vehicle to a stop with a tactical intervention in the median near Gothenburg near mile marker 207. 

They believe the driver was experiencing a mental episode and placed the driver in emergency protective custody.

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Samantha Bernt is a Fremont native and a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in journalism and broadcasting. She joined the Journal Star in 2019 as a reporting intern.

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