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Police Pursuit leads to arrest

Beatrice Police were involved in a vehicle chase on Friday morning. An officer observed a pickup truck travelling north on sixth street.  The truck crossed over the yellow line and drove north in the southbound lane.  According to the officer the pickup stayed in the southbound lane forcing the officer to change lanes to avoid a collision.

The officer turned around and followed the pickup. The pickup changed lanes and the officer attempted to pull the pickup over.  The pickup speed increased to 65 miles per hour near Sixth and Dorsey Streets. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour at that location.  The truck continued north on Highway 77 toward air park.  The officer reported speeds near 100 miles per hour and said the truck was swerving back and forth.

As the vehicle passed by Beatrice Ford it nearly wrecked.  The pickup then turned and drove south on Highway 77.  Near the Hackberry intersection the pickup swerved across the median and travelled south in the northbound lane.  Police laid a tire deflation device across the road and pickup hit the device but continued to travel southbound.  The pickup then swerved toward a police vehicle near Hickory Road, nearly hitting it.

The pickup turned east on Hickory road for approximately one half of a mile and then ran off the road and into a field.  The vehicle was stuck in the mud, but the driver continued to accelerate in an attempt to free the vehicle.  An officer was able to pull the driver out of the pickup and take him into custody.

Chad A. Buhr, 24,  was arrested for charges including his second DUI offense, willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, failure to use a turn signal and speeding.  Buhr has a previous DUI conviction on Feb. 19, 2010.

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