At approximately 11:30 p.m. Monday, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol tried to stop a 2005 Chevrolet Impala that was sought by the Hastings Police Department.

The trooper noticed the vehicle traveling north on U.S. Highway 281 toward Grand Island, just north of I-80. The driver refused to stop and continued north, running a red light at the intersection of U.S. 281 and U.S. Highway 34 (Husker Highway.)

After a pursuit of about two minutes, the driver failed to navigate a turn at Webb Road and crashed. The driver was ejected and unresponsive at the scene, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said.

The trooper performed CPR on the driver, continuing until paramedics arrived, Thomas said. The driver was initially taken to St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island and then flown by helicopter to Bryan West Campus in Lincoln. He was later transferred to UNMC in Omaha. He is in critical but stable condition, Thomas said.

The Grand Island Police handled the initial accident investigation. NSP is reconstructing the accident and will bring in an outside agency to assist, Thomas said.