State troopers arrested a Kansas man Monday afternoon after chasing his motorcycle through two counties – Lincoln and Dawson.

It started around 12:45 p.m. Monday, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said. A trooper saw a motorcycle speeding as traveled east on I-80 near North Platte and tried to pull it over.

The rider refused to stop and fled south on U.S. Highway 83 at speeds exceeding 100 mph with the trooper in pursuit.

The motorcycle eventually turned around and traveled north into North Platte. The trooper discontinued the chase out of concern for public safety.

About 45 minutes later, the North Platte police received a report that the same motorcycle was traveling east on U.S. Highway 30. Troopers found the motorcycle near Brady and tried to pull it over again. Again, the rider refused to stop and fled east at high speed, Thomas said.

Near Gothenburg, the motorcycle cut in front of a moving train and stopped in a pasture. As troopers approached, a farmer parked an implement on the road from the field back to the highway to block the escape route. Troopers took the driver into custody without further trouble, Thomas said.

The rider, Steven Gibson, 43, of Horton, Kan. was charged with flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, no operator’s license and traffic violations. Unknown substances were also found and will be tested at the Nebraska Crime Laboratory.

Gibson was initially booked into the Dawson County jail and transferred Tuesday to the Lincoln County jail. He was resistant at the Dawson County jail, a detention officer said. His mugshot is not available.

Thomas said that NSP was assisted by the North Platte Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, Gothenburg and Cozad police during the incident.

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