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Police: Driver crashed stolen pickup into Lincoln dump truck
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Police: Driver crashed stolen pickup into Lincoln dump truck

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A 35-year-old man stole a shotgun and a pickup from a northeast Lincoln home, then crashed the pickup into a dump truck, a police department spokesman said.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews needed to help the man, identified as Matthew Hammers, out of the pickup just before 2:30 p.m. Monday after the head-on collision on North 70th Street between Walker and Huntington avenues, Officer Luke Bonkiewicz said.

Hammers was driving a 2016 GMC Sierra south on 70th Street when it collided with the city of Lincoln dump truck, Bonkiewicz said.

After the crash, officers learned the pickup, along with a shotgun inside, had been stolen from a home in the 8000 block of Medicine Hat Road, he said.

Hammers smelled of alcohol, and empty beer cans were seen inside the pickup; police also found a loaded syringe in his possession.

An ambulance took Hammers to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, and he was ticketed for theft by unlawful taking, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Hammers has previous felony convictions for theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and drunk driving.

Police are awaiting the results of blood testing and testing from the syringe.

The dump truck driver wasn't injured.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2657 or rjohnson@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSRileyJohnson.

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