UPDATE (1.17.18, 11:20 a.m.)
On January 16, 2018, at 4:45 p.m., Deputies received information that a van previously operated by 28-year-old Chance Ragle was stopped on East Meadow Lawns Road (south of North Platte, NE.). Earlier in the day Mr. Ragle resisted arrest and fled North Platte Police Officers. In the process of fleeing, Mr. Ragle drug a North Platte Police Officer on the side of his van, while the officer attempted to stop the van. The officer was injured in the incident.
Deputies and Nebraska State Troopers responded to the area. They located the van now driving south on District 31 Road. The van pulled into a residence and stopped. Deputies and Troopers attempted to get Mr. Ragle to exit the van but he refused. Mr. Ragle again took off, now northbound on District 31 Road. Speeds in the pursuit reached upward of 75 miles per hour.
Nebraska State Troopers deployed spike strips and deflated tires on the vehicle. Mr. Ragle continued to head north eventually turning west on Brown Road. Just prior to Old Highway 83 Road, his vehicle became disabled. Mr. Ragle was arrested without further incident.
Mr. Ragle was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and charged with Felony Flight to Avoid Arrest and Possession of Marijuana. Further charges are pending from other Police agencies.
On January 16th, 2018, at approximately 10:00 AM, officers were called to the 2300 block of east Philip on the report of a disturbance.
Upon arrival, the residents said they returned home and found 28-year-old Chance Ragle on their front porch. There is an active protection order that restricts Ragle from being on the property. Ragle left and the police were called.
It was discovered that the front door of the victim’s residence had been kicked in and some items were stolen from the house. A short time later, an officer saw Ragle driving a white 1996 Ford Econoline van.
The officer activated his lights and siren but Ragle continued driving at a slow rate of speed. The van eventually came to a stop in the 900 block of south Industrial Ave.
The officer approach Ragle who was in the driver’s seat. Ragle would not follow the officer’s orders and was argumentative. The officer told Ragle he was under arrest for violation of a protection order and attempted to take Ragle into custody.
Ragle struggled with the officer and was able to get the van into gear. Ragle tried to speed off and he continued to struggle with the officer. The van accelerated to the other side of the roadway and the officer fell free of the van as it hit the opposite curb. Ragle then left the area at a high rate of speed.
The pursuit was terminated because the officer had positively identified Ragle.
At this time, probable cause exists to arrest Ragle for violation of a protection order—misdmeanor, burglary—felony, willful reckless driving—misdemenor, and flight to avoid arrest.
The van had NE license plate 15331G. If anyone knows where Ragle can be contacted, please call the police department at 535-6789 or Crime Stoppers at 534-8400.
The officer received minor injuries