ANSELMO – A 24-year-old Lexington man was arrested after a routine traffic stop turned into a chase across a 20-plus mile stretch of Custer County on Thursday, March 17.
According to information from the Nebraska State Patrol, at around 10:00 am, Santos Ibarra was pulled over on Highway 2 just east of Broken Bow.
The trooper was given consent to search the vehicle, and during the search, a small amount of meth and drug paraphernalia was found. While being placed under arrest, Ibarra resisted and took off in his vehicle westbound on Highway 2.
The Patrol says a pursuit continued westbound on Highway 2, ending when the driver abandoned the vehicle near Anselmo and took off on foot. He was apprehended in a field east of Anselmo and taken into custody.
Ibarra, was lodged in the Custer County Jail on charges to included Possession of Methamphetamine, Flight to Avoid Arrest, Resisting Arrest and Willful Reckless Driving.
The pursuit reached speeds of 85 mph and lasted approximately 15 minutes.
The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Custer and Blaine County Sheriffs Offices.