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Driver leads law enforcement officials on pursuit after avoiding checkpoint

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What started out as a routine checkpoint turned into a four hour-long pursuit for several law enforcement agencies in KOTA Territory. 
 
Around 11:30 on Saturday night, Nebraska State Patrol troopers and deputies with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's office were in the middle of a checkpoint on U Street and 21st Avenue.

Officials say the driver, 31-year-old Christopher Lynch, approached the checkpoint and decided to turn around. 

Trooper Nicholas Goodwin says county deputies attempted to pull the vehicle over but Lynch wouldn’t comply. Deputies and troopers never lost sight of Lynch who turned southbound onto Avenue I and continued southbound on Avenue I and Five Rocks Road through Gering to Highway 71 toward Banner county. 

Goodwin says Lynch drove recklessly while being pursued along the highway by troopers and deputies from Scotts Bluff and Banner counties. 

Hours later, Lynch drove his car along a county road and eventually left it in a ditch, fleeing on foot into a nearby field. 

K9 units and a helicopter from Ogallala were called in to join the search and soon after troopers located and arrested Lynch. 
 
"Overall we had good communication where this subject was," says Goodwin. "After he fled on foot and everything seemed to work pretty well with inter-agency communication."
 
After making an arrest close to 4 a.m, officials learned that Lynch was wanted on a Colorado felony warrant for auto theft and a Wyoming felony warrant for probation violation on a larceny charge.

He is being held in Scotts Bluff County Detention Center on the two outstanding felony charges, as well as new charges of driving without a license, willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, and obstruction a police officer.

The Scotts Bluff, Banner, Morrill, and Kimball County Sheriff's Offices, Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the Scottsbluff, Gering, Bridgeport, and Kimball Police Departments all assisted at some point with the pursuit.


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