A handcuffed suspect arrested for speeding on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska and placed in the front seat of a State Highway Patrol cruiser took control of the cruiser and sped off, leading to high-speed chase that ended only when the patrol car ran over spike strips.
The patrol reports a trooper stopped an eastbound car for driving 112 mph in a 75 mph zone just west of North Platte on I-80.
The trooper handcuffed the driver, 24-year-old Jacob Barrickman of Henderson, and put him in the front seat of his patrol car. The passenger in the car, 23-year-old Brianna Hampton of Bullhead City, AZ, was handcuffed and placed in the back seat.
According to SHP, the handcuffed suspect took control of the car and took off.
Another trooper and a deputy sheriff from Lincoln County pursued the stolen patrol cruiser. The pursuit reached 130 mph, ending near the Cozad exit after stop sticks flatten three of the four tires on the cruiser.
The search of the vehicle discovered 1.1 pounds of methamphetamine stuffed in a duffle bag in the back seat of the car.
The two were arrested without incident.
Barrickman has been jailed in Lincoln County on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Vehicle Theft, Escape, Flight to Avoid Arrest, Willful Reckless Driving and Speeding.
Hampton also is a resident of the Lincoln County Jail and faces charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.