NSP: Bridgeport man arrested after 50-minute pursuit
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. -- A Panhandle man is in custody after a pursuit in Morrill County Thursday evening.
According to Nebraska State Patrol spokesperson Cody Thomas said the NSP and the Morrill County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Develyn Tasby of Bridgeport after the pursuit.
At approximately 6:35 p.m. a trooper reportedly observed a Volkswagen Passat traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour on Highway 385 near the Link 62A intersection. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, Thomas said, but driver refused to yield and fled northbound. The trooper initiated a pursuit, according to Thomas.
As the vehicle approached Alliance, it turned around and began fleeing southbound on Highway 385, Thomas said. The driver reportedly continued southbound for approximately 30 minutes before additional troopers successfully deployed stop sticks.
The vehicle then allegedly drove through a field before coming to a stop. The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Troopers and deputies searched the area and were unable to locate the suspect, but they were able to identify the suspect as Tasby. The entire pursuit lasted approximately 50 minutes, with speeds reaching over 100 miles per hour, Thomas said.
A few hours later, troopers and deputies contacted a resident at 1413 P Street in Bridgeport, who granted consent to search the home for the suspect.
Tasby was located hiding in the attic. He was arrested for flight to avoid arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, willful reckless driving, driving under suspension, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana – less than one ounce. He was lodged in Scotts Bluff County Jail.