A Nebraska county sheriff has been injured in a rollover accident while attempting to stop a fleeing vehicle.
Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger suffered injuries when his patrol car rolled early Monday morning east of Norfolk.
Deputy Jeremy Goeken reports that Unger was attempting to get into position to deploy a tire deflation device and lost control of his car on a county road. The sheriff was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated by Stanton Fire and Rescue. He was taken to Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk where he was treated and released for a possible neck injury.
According to Goeken, the incident began early in the morning, around 2 o’clock, when 21-year-old Andrew McKinley led officers on a high speed pursuit that started in Norfolk and ended just east of Pilger on U.S. Highway 275. McKinley was observed driving the wrong way on the four-lane highway and nearly struck a deputy head-on.
McKinley faces charges of willful reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. A passenger in his vehicle, 22-year-old Genaro Merino of Woodland Park, was cited for a drug violation.
By Susan Risinger, WJAG