Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested a 57-year-old Grand Island man who they say led them on a chase on Interstate 80 in a stolen car at speeds up to 110 mph.

Troopers tried to stop Ramon Martinez in Seward County at about 11:40 a.m. Thursday on information about a stolen 2009 Ford Flex believed to be heading east. But the driver wouldn't stop, Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said.

He said as the pursuit entered the Lincoln area on I-80, speeds increased to 110 mph.

Thomas said troopers put down spike strips a mile west of the 56th Street exit, but the driver continued driving on the SUV's rims. They ultimately stopped him at about 12:15 p.m., 2 miles east of the Waverly exit.

Troopers used a Taser and police dog to take the driver into custody when he resisted arrest, Thomas said.

He said the Grand Island man was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under suspension and resisting arrest.

Martinez hasn't yet been charged.

He was taken to a Lincoln hospital with minor injuries, then to the Lancaster County jail.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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