Man Who Forced Lockdown of Sutherland School Gets Jail

Dustin Lankster

Dustin Lankster

A Lincoln man who led Troopers on a high-speed chase in Lincoln County and forced the lockdown of Sutherland Schools has been sentenced to jail.

Dustin Lankster, 31, appeared in Lincoln County District Court on Monday.

According to prosecutors, a Nebraska State Patrol Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Saturn, driven by Lankster, on the afternoon of November 14th.

As the Trooper approached the vehicle, Lankster took off and led the Trooper on a pursuit into the Village of Sutherland.

Prosecutors say Lankster drove through a fence and abandoned the vehicle.

A Code Red emergency alert was issued for Sutherland, and the school was placed on lockdown.

Lankster was eventually located behind a residence and arrested.

Troopers found a female, April Crowley, and a five-year-old child still in the vehicle.

Judge Donald Rowlands sentenced Lankster to 360 days in jail on charges of flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, 1st offense driving under the influence and misdemeanor child abuse.

Lankster had pleaded guilty to the charges after making a plea deal with prosecutors.

He was given credit for 145 days already served in jail.