Three Arrested After Pursuit That Injured Nebraska State Trooper

Three people have been arrested following an overnight pursuit in York County that left one trooper injured.

Authorities say around midnight on Sunday, a trooper observed a 2005 Lincoln LS driving with its trunk open and displaying fictitious license plates. The trooper performed a traffic stop on Highway 81 near the I-80 interchange, but during the stop, the vehicle fled. The suspect vehicle went southbound on Highway 81 in the northbound lanes with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.

Multiple troopers pursued the suspect vehicle as it entered McCool Junction. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck one of the NSP cruisers on the driver’s side, causing the trooper minor injuries. The vehicle then went north in the southbound lanes. Another trooper then performed a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the suspect vehicle to a stop on Highway 81 between McCool Junction and I-80. 

The driver, 26 year old Dylan Pritchard, of Holstein, was arrested for Felony Flight to Avoid Arrest, Assaulting an Officer Using a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, Willful Reckless Driving, Fictitious License Plates and several other traffic violations.

Troopers also found methamphetamine in the vehicle. Pritchard and passengers, 35 year old Kathie Zimmer of Fullerton and 26 year old Steven Kissel, of Ashland, were all arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine. 

Pritchard was transported to the hospital for minor injuries and was released. The trooper who was injured was also treated and released from the hospital

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