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Speedster eludes NSP near Alliance, duo remains on the lam in Sandhills

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A couple leads the Nebraska State Patrol on a lengthy chase on Thursday, after they were caught speeding.

Lt. Jamey Balthazor says a male and female were caught speeding around 7:00 Thursday morning on Highway 385 near Alliance. The couple failed to stop, and led authorities on a vehicle pursuit into the Sandhills.

The vehicle traveled east of Alliance on Highway 2, before leaving the roadway and entering a pasture.  The vehicle continued heading through pastureland in a northeasterly direction. 

Troopers, with assistance from the Box Butte County Sheriff's Office, attempted to follow the fleeing car's tracks through the pasture but lost site of the vehicle.  A Box Butte County Deputy did spot the vehicle hidden in a tree row, but as the Deputy approached the vehicle took off again continuing in a northeasterly direction through pastureland.

Assistance in the search was provided from the air was by a private pilot who was able to spot the vehicle in rugged terrain approximately 16 miles northeast of Alliance.  The plane was forced to return to refuel and visual contact with the vehicle was lost around 10:40 a.m.

Around 12:45 p.m., a second private plane located the vehicle continuing to travel north in the Sandhills approximately 20 miles northeast of Alliance.  At that time, the vehicle was observed to become disabled and the two occupants, a male and a female, left the vehicle traveling on foot in a northerly direction.

The Nebraska State Patrol Aviation Division Helicopter then took over the aerial search, until 7:00 p.m. , when the search was suspended due to darkness. 

The vehicle, a 1998 black Subaru, was located abandoned in a ravine just south of the Niobrara River in Sheridan County.

Evidence located in the vehicle led troopers to believe the driver to be, Ryan Riddle, 30, Greeley, Colorado. Riddle is a white male, 6'1" tall, 170 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes.  Riddle is wanted on numerous active misdemeanor warrants out of Colorado. A female passenger has not been identified.

The Nebraska State Patrol will continue its investigation. Citizens in the area are asked to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or individuals to 911.

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