Multiple pursuits lead to motorcyclist's arrest in Dawson County

(Dawson County, NE) -- A Kansas man is arrested in Nebraska after multiple pursuits.

The Nebraska State Patrol says around 12:45 Monday afternoon, a trooper saw a motorcycle speeding on eastbound I-80 near North Platte. Investigators say the rider refused to stop and fled southbound on Highway 83 at speeds more than 100 miles per hour. The NSP says the trooper then initiated a pursuit.

The state patrol says the motorcycle eventually turned around and began traveling northbound into North Platte, which is when the trooper stopped the pursuit out of concern for public safety. About 45 minutes later, the North Platte Police Department received a report that the same motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 30. Troopers were able to locate the motorcycle near Brady and attempted another traffic stop. The NSP says the rider again refused to stop and fled eastbound, again at a high rate of speed.

The motorcycle eventually cut in front of a moving train and came to a stop in a pasture near Gothenburg. The state patrol says as troopers approached the area, a citizen parked a farm implement in an area to block the entrance from the field back onto the highway. Troopers were then able to take the motorcycle rider, 43 year old Steven Gibson of Horton, Kansas, into custody without further incident. Gibson is charged with flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, and multiple traffic violations. Several unknown substances were also located and will be tested at the NSP Crime Lab.

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