Seat Belts & Teen Drivers Focus of NSP Educational Efforts

nsp-mascot(Lincoln, Neb.)- Young drivers and seat belt usage will be the focus of a summer-long initiative by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) as it continues its efforts to “Drive to Save Lives” through voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws.

Beginning in July and continuing through September, the Nebraska State Patrol will provide educational programs utilizing the agency’s Rollover Simulators, Seat Belt Convincers and Driving Simulator. The educational programs are made possible thanks in part to a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

According the latest statistics from the NOHS, 71% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were not wearing their seat belt.

“We need to make an impact on our young drivers,” said Colonel Bradley Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.  “This initiative affords us an avenue in which to provide hands on learning experiences for teens, allowing them to see first-hand how seat belts save lives.”

Anyone interested in scheduling a safety presentation should contact their nearest Troop Area Office:

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Troopers Honored for Efforts to Stop Impaired Driving

Chad Phaby

Chad Phaby

(Lincoln, Neb.)-  Sworn members of the Nebraska State Patrol were honored during the 15th Annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Outstanding Law Enforcement Awards & Recognition ceremony.

The awards ceremony held Tuesday, May 20, in Lincoln, recognized law enforcement officers who work daily to ensure Nebraska roadways are kept safe from drinking and drugged drivers.

According to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS), of the 207 fatalities recorded on Nebraska roads in 2013, 72 were alcohol related. That compares with 212 fatalities in 2012, 87 of which were alcohol related.

“The efforts of all law enforcement to remove impaired drivers from our roadways plays a key role in reducing the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “The honor is recognition of their hard work and dedication and they should be commended.”

The Troopers listed below were honored by MADD for their commitment to keeping Nebraska communities and roads safe.

Troop B- Norfolk Adult DUI-Individual/MIP Enforcement Individual

Adult DUI-Team

Trooper Tim Doggett #126
Trooper Brandon Wilkie #464
Trooper Bryan Wiggins #495
Troop C-Grand Island

Troop D-North Platte

Adult DUI-Individual
Education& Awareness MIP Enforcement
Trooper Sam Mortensen #618

Investigator Chad Phaby #375

Headquarters Troop-
Lincoln
Adult DUI-Individual

Adult DUI-Individual

Adult DUI- Team

Trooper Michael Grummert #397

Trooper John Lukesh #342

Trooper Kaleb Bruggeman#584
Trooper Denny Frey #91
Trooper Michael Grummert #397
Trooper John Lukesh #342

NSP Promotes 100 Days of Summer Initiative

state-patrol-logo(Lincoln, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol encourages all motorists to do their part in saving lives on Nebraska roads during the heavily traveled summer months through its “100 Days of Summer” enforcement initiative.

In its 7th year, the “100 Days of Summer” initiative provides motorists an opportunity to view planned NSP enforcement activities. Each day, beginning with the Memorial Day holiday weekend and continuing through Labor Day, the Nebraska State Patrol Field Services Division will work to hold at least one traffic safety enforcement operation somewhere in the state.

“The concept is simple,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.  “On our website we provide a link to some of our special enforcement activities, in turn we ask motorists to do their part by complying with all traffic safety laws.”

Interested motorists can visit the Nebraska State Patrol website @ www.statepatrol.nebraska.gov and click on the NSP Enforcement Activities link located beneath the state map on the NSP homepage to access an enforcement calendar. The enforcement calendar will list at least one traffic safety enforcement effort per day. By viewing the calendar, motorists can access information on the type of enforcement planned and the location of the enforcement.

Colonel Sankey said, “Help us make this summer travel season a safe one. Follow the rules of the road and remember to always buckle up.”

Five DWI Arrests Made during Troop C Special Enforcement

state-patrol-logo(Grand Island, Neb.)- A special enforcement conducted over the weekend in Hall County led to the arrest of five motorists for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

The special enforcement included a DUI checkpoint and high visibility patrols in and around Hall County beginning in the early evening hours on Saturday, May 17 and continued into the early morning hours on Sunday, May 18.

In addition to the 5 DWI arrests, troopers issued citations/warnings for speeding (15), Driving Under Suspension (3), No Operator’s License (4) and seat belt violation/warning (3).

The special enforcement designed to reduce the potential for alcohol related crashes was paid for thanks in part to a $2,375 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

Suspect Killed in Shootout with NE State Troopers Identified

The Nebraska State Patrol in conjunction with the Seward County Attorney has released the names of the suspects involved in a fatal pursuit on Friday, May 10.

Nathan D. Brokaw, 28, Brainard, was killed after exchanging gunfire with Nebraska State Patrol troopers.  A second suspect Joseph J. Pritchard, 31, Stromsburg, was taken into custody after falling out of the passenger side of the vehicle.

The incident began during the early evening hours on Friday, May 10, as investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol were conducting surveillance on Brokaw and Pritchard at a residence at 310 East 7th Street, in Stromsburg. Brokaw was wanted on active felony warrants out of Platte and Colfax Counties for Terroristic Threats and Witness Tampering, while Pritchard was wanted for Absconding Parole.  Around 7:00 p.m., investigators observed the two males sitting in a car parked in an alley behind the residence. Investigators approached the vehicle at which time the vehicle accelerated through the yard. Pritchard was thrown from the passenger side door. He was taken into custody. Pritchard was transported to the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln on the arrest warrant for his parole violation

A pursuit ensued traveling on county roads in Polk, Butler and Seward Counties. During the pursuit Brokaw, the driver of the vehicle, fired multiple rounds at NSP units. Just north of the community of Bee, the suspect vehicle was rammed by NSP units and came to rest in the east ditch off County Road 252 in Seward County. Once the vehicle was stopped Brokaw fired multiple rounds at troopers who returned fire, fatally wounding Brokaw.  No troopers were injured during the pursuit. There were two primary patrol units involved in the pursuit. Approximately 8-10 units responded to the scene to assist in intercepting the fleeing suspect.

The investigation continues. An autopsy will be conducted. Investigative reports, once completed, will be forwarded to the Seward County Attorney. Nebraska law requires a grand jury be convened anytime someone dies while in custody or in the process of apprehension.

State Troopers Promote Safety During Boys State Basketball Tournament

state-patrol-logoTroopers and Communication Specialists with the Nebraska State Patrol will put in overtime hours during the Boys State Basketball Tournament March 7-9 in Lincoln, as part of a special enforcement effort designed to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes.

Troopers will conduct high visibility patrol on the Interstate and highways leading to Lincoln beginning on Thursday March 7 and continuing through Saturday, March 9.

“State Basketball is a fun and exciting time, but it is also a time when traffic volumes can be extremely heavy on roadways into and out of the Capital City,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “By increasing enforcement and raising awareness, we hope to increase voluntary compliance of all traffic safety laws.”

A $9,340 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) will help to pay for the special enforcement efforts.

Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limits, always wear their seat belt and never drive impaired or distracted.  Weather and road construction can play a factor in travel plans. Fans headed to state tournament games are reminded to check road and weather condition reports by utilizing 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System at < www.511.nebraska.gov >  the 511 Mobile Traveler Site at < http://www.ndortraveler.mobi > or by dialing 511 (800-906-9069) from any landline or cellular phone for information.

California Man Arrested in Lancaster County on Drug Charges

ne-state-patrol-logoA 41-year-old man wanted on a California warrant has been arrested in Nebraska, accused of possessing drugs.

The Nebraska State Patrol says a state trooper pulled over a pickup on a traffic violation just before 2:30 a.m. Friday along Interstate 80 in Lincoln.

The patrol says a check of the man’s driver’s license showed that he was wanted on a warrant alleging drug possession in Sonoma County, Calif., so the man was arrested. The patrol says an inventory of his truck turned up a bottle of hydrocodone tablets and 40 packages of pot that weighed more than 88 pounds.

The man was identified as Shane Barrett, of Willits, Calif. A Lancaster County jailer said Barrett remains in custody. Online court records don’t list the name of his lawyer.

Crappy Birthday: Around 30 LBS Weed Found Wrapped In Birthday Wrapping Paper

pot_plotNearly 30 lbs. of marijuana covered in birthday wrapping paper was seized and a California man jailed after a weekend traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Cass County.

Just after noon on Saturday, February 2, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2012 Toyota Camry for following to close near the Greenwood exit on Interstate 80. An NSP canine indicated the odor of drugs coming from the vehicle. A search of the car led to the seizure of 29.5 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana, contained in 13 individual packages was located in a box wrapped in birthday paper in the trunk of the vehicle.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, Johnny C. Hatchett, 52, West Sacramento, Calif., was lodged in the Cass County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Victims in Lincoln Co. Plane Crash Identified by NSP

The Nebraska State Patrol has released the names of four men killed in the crash of a twin-engine plane Friday afternoon, January 11, near Maxwell in Lincoln County, Neb.

The fatalities have been identified as the Mark Bottorff, 54, Lancaster, Kan., Ken Babcock, 71, Hiawatha, Kan., Jason Drane, 39, St. Joseph, Mo., and Chris Nelsen, 53, York, Neb.

The twin-engine plane piloted by Bottorff, was reported missing shortly after taking off from the North Platte airport around 3:46 p.m., (CST) on Friday, January, 11.  The plane was located in a field approximately 13 miles Northeast of Maxwell.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the crash.

NSP: I-80 Traffic Stop Leads To The Seizure Of 80 LBS Of Marijuana

A traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 80 in Keith County led to the seizure of 80 lbs. of marijuana and the arrest of a California man.

Just after 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 3, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2013 Ford Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), for speeding near the Roscoe Exit on I-80. The trooper was given consent to search the vehicle. The search led to the seizure of 80 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana was located in a duffel bag and a car luggage carrier in the passenger/cargo area of the SUV.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, Matthew S. Hornsby, 38, Mariposa, Calif., was lodged in the Keith County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.