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Patrol: Driver in pursuit Saturday ranged in speeds from 4 to 147 mph
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Patrol: Driver in pursuit Saturday ranged in speeds from 4 to 147 mph

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Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested a California man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs early Saturday following a pursuit on Interstate 80 that reached speeds up to 147 mph.

Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said it started at about 12:40 a.m. when a trooper clocked a Ford Mustang driving 4 miles per hour on I-80 near Kearney.

When the trooper tried to stop the Mustang, the driver initially showed no response and continued driving slowly, then accelerated to about 70 mph, Thomas said.

He said the trooper pursued as the Mustang began driving recklessly, passing vehicles on the shoulder and reaching speeds up to 147 mph until finally stopping near the Gibbon exit.

As troopers approached the car, the driver sped away, Thomas said.

A few minutes later, additional troopers were able to successfully deploy spike strips and bring the Mustang to a stop near Wood River. They arrested the driver, Jonathan Suckow, 37 of Lomita, California, on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, willful reckless driving and felony flight to avoid arrest.

Thomas said Suckow was evaluated by a drug recognition expert, which resulted in a positive indication for impairment.

He said the pursuit lasted 22 minutes and covered 16 miles.

 

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