State troopers arrested two people early Monday on multiple charges after chasing them down on I-80 in a pursuit from North Platte to Kearney.
It started during the night, when the Nebraska State Patrol received a report of an eastbound Ford Mustang speeding on I-80 near North Platte, Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said.
A short time later, at approximately 3 a.m., a trooper saw a Mustang matching the description that the caller gave.
The Mustang passed a stationary trooper and accelerated, Thomas said. Moments later, another trooper clocked the Mustang at 158 mph, speeding east.
Troopers gave chase.
The chase covered 90 miles. Near Odessa, troopers successfully deployed spike strips.
The Mustang pulled into the rest area five miles farther down the road, but it took off again on I-80 when troopers approached. The driver tried to get off I-80 at the Kearney exit, where it slid into the grass. The two occupants ran away on foot, but troopers and Kearney police caught them and took them into custody without further incident, Thomas said.
A search of the vehicle turned up more than a pound of marijuana and controlled pills. Thomas said the suspects were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney to be medically cleared.
Once they were cleared, the driver Patrick Thompson Jr., 27, and Alexandra Ganow, 21, both of Lincoln, were charged with a bundle of crimes.
Both suspects were charged with obstructing a peace officer, possession of more than a pound of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and no drug tax stamp.
Thompson faces other charges too. He was charged with flight to avoid arrest, driving with a revoked license and speeding.
They were taken to Buffalo County jail.