Oregon man arrested following fight with NSP trooper during traffic stop

(Sidney, NE) -- An Oregon man is behind bars in Nebraska after the State Patrol says he fought a trooper on Interstate 80 near Sidney.

The Nebraska State Patrol says Thursday night, a trooper spotted a Chevrolet Suburban speeding and failing to maintain its lane. The NSP says as the SUV passed the trooper’s patrol unit, the Suburban came into the trooper’s lane and nearly hit the cruiser, prompting the trooper to pull the vehicle over.

The State Patrol says during the traffic stop, the trooper smelled alcohol coming from inside the vehicle and observed that the driver, 47 year old Scott Hinson of Bend, Oregon, was impaired. The NSP says after arguing with the trooper, Hinson attempted to drive away, but the trooper reached into the vehicle and retrieved the keys before Hinson could start the vehicle.

The NSP says Hinson then voluntarily exited the vehicle and continued arguing with the trooper before becoming physically combative. The state patrol says a struggle ensued in the ditch on the passenger side of the vehicle, during which the trooper said he felt Hinson’s hand reach toward his holstered firearm. Investigators say the trooper was able to disengage and continued attempting to deescalate the situation. They say Hinson again refused commands and repeatedly approached the trooper. The trooper then deployed a Taser and was able to arrest Hinson.

Hinson is facing charges of resisting arrest, driving under the influence, flight to avoid arrest, possession of an open alcohol container, willful reckless driving and refusal to submit to a preliminary breath test. He was medically cleared and lodged in Cheyenne County Jail.

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