According to a North Platte Police Department (NPPD) Media Release from Public Information Officer Rodney Brown, at around 9:50 PM on January 13th, Officers from the NPPD became involved in a vehicular pursuit with a 1996 Honda Accord northbound on Ash Street after the vehicle refused to stop.
The fleeing vehicle’s speeds soon reached approximately 60 mph, at which time the Officer terminated the pursuit due to unsafe driving conditions in a residential area. Minutes later the fleeing Honda was witnessed losing control and colliding with at least one other vehicle near W. A Street and Ash. The identified driver fled the scene west between W. 1st and 2nd Streets. A non-compliant, uninjured passenger was temporarily detained and later released.
Officers soon located suspect, Ryan Gabel, 24, near Washington Elementary, at which time he was detained and questioned regarding the pursuit and accident. Following the investigation Officers determined there was probable cause to arrest Gabel for multiple charges to include Violating a Traffic Control Signal, Stop Sign Violation, Driving Under Suspension, Careless Driving, DUI, Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest. Gabel was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center.
A drug investigation continues due to contraband seized from the Honda Accord.