Gering man arrested following pursuit near Minatare
A $250,000 bond has been set on a Gering man who led a Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Deputy on a pursuit near Minatare and slammed into the officer's patrol car at the end of the chase. 45 year old Tad Shelly is charged with flight to avoid arrest and resisting arrest along with 3rd offense drunk driving and driving under suspension.
The Nebraska State Patrol says Deputy Matt Holcomb attempted a traffic stop at 10 p.m. Monday of a suspected drunk driver on Highway 26 between Scottsbluff and Minatare when the vehicle, a 1994 Chevy pickup, failed to stop, and a pursuit ensued.
Just east of Minatare on Highway 26, the pickup pulled over, but as the deputy pulled in behind the pickup, the driver put the vehicle into reverse backing into the deputy's car. The deputy fired his service weapon at the pickup, hitting the driver's side front tire.
Other officers arrived and Shelley had to be tasered in order to take him into custody according to a court document. Shelley and Holcomb were taken to Regional West Medical Center and Shelley was taken to jail after receiving medical clearance. Holcomb was checked and released from the hospital. The patrol car, in service for only two weeks according to Chief Deputy Jim Gaspers, received major damage.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the incident at the request of the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office.
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