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Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Ricky S. Sanabria
Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Claire J. Mason

The Nebraska State Patrol made two arrests over the weekend after two high-speed chases, one of which ended late Sunday afternoon in Cody Park.

Ricky Steven Sanabria, 24, of Maryland, was apprehended Sunday while he ate an ice cream cone at the park concession area.

State troopers chased Sanabria and his 2012 Camaro for more than 10 miles at speeds exceeding 100 miles an hour. As the chase entered the city, troopers backed off so as not to endanger the community, and the North Platte police and the Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies watched for Sanabria.

Sanabria drove to Cody Park, ordered an ice cream cone and sat down at a table under the awning.

Officers arrived and walked through the area. When they found him, they escorted him to a cruiser without further incident, and then to the Lincoln County jail.

A loaded handgun was in Sanabria's car that was reported stolen in Maryland, said a spokesman with the Nebraska State Patrol.

The chase began around 4:40 p.m. Sunday, when a trooper tried to pull Sanabria over for speeding on I-80.

Sanabria, westbound, was clocked at 89 mph in the 75 mph zone, the NSP said. But instead of stopping, Sanabria sped up. He got off I-80 at the Newberry exit and headed into North Platte. He turned west on Fourth and as he entered the city, troopers backed off.

Sanabria faces a total of16 charges, including driving on a suspended Maryland driver’s license, reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, possession of a stolen firearm, driving on the shoulder of the road and many other driving violations. He was also cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana that was in his car, the NSP said.

A passenger with him was not charged.

Sanabria’s bond was set Monday at $100,000.


In another chase, Claire Mason of Lincoln was arrested Friday near North Platte after a 20-mile high-speed chase on I-80.

A state trooper signaled Mason, 33, to stop her car, and she did. She was the lone occupant.

When the trooper got to her window, she gave him a name that was later found to be false. She had no valid driver’s license and she admitted that she might have a warrant out of Lancaster County.

When she was told to step out of the car, she refused, instead stepping on the gas.

A chase ensued, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, the state patrol said. For part of the way, Mason drove through a construction zone at high speed, jumping into the closed lane to pass cars.

Another trooper set up spikes about five miles west of North Platte and successfully punctured one tire. As the tire started to come apart, Mason drove into the south ditch of I-80 and was apprehended, the NSP said.

After troopers discovered her real name, they found she was wanted on five charges in Lancaster County, including two counts of flight to avoid arrest. Her driver’s license had been revoked.

She now faces 18 charges, including numerous traffic violations such as speeding and driving on a closed road as well as minor infractions such as failure to signal, the NSP said.

Her bond was set at $50,000, an addition to three smaller bonds that are outstanding in Lancaster County, according to Lincoln County sheriff’s records.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/18/2017
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