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Driver who led authorities on 50 miles pursuit pleads not guilty

The man who led authorities on a 50 mile pursuit after fleeing from a motor vehicle check point has pleaded not guilty to the charge of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest.

31-year-old Christopher Lynch was arraigned on the charge this afternoon in Scotts Bluff County District Court.

Police say on May 3rd, 
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. When Lynch, approached the checkpoint, he allegedly turned 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. 
 
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.

A motion to reduce his bond from $100,000 was denied, and he will be back in court on July 24th for a pretrial conference. The matter is set to go trial in the jury term that begins on August 4th.

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