Nebraska state troopers had to take extreme measures Tuesday afternoon against a vehicle who was going too slow on I-80, but would not stop.
Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said a trooper saw a Chevrolet Suburban at 3 p.m. traveling too slow near the Maxwell exit. The Suburban was eastbound, moving along about 30 mph.
The trooper signaled for the SUV to pull over, which it did momentarily, but it pulled away again and continued to poke along in traffic at 30-35 mph.
Troopers pursued, trying to get the driver to stop or get off I-80, without success, Thomas said.
Finally, spike strips were successfully deployed about four miles west of Gothenburg. Still, the driver did not stop, not until a trooper performed a tactical vehicle intervention – intentionally running into the Suburban – and forcing it to a stop in the median, Thomas said.
Troopers discovered the driver “was possibly experiencing a mental episode,” Thomas said. The driver was placed in emergency protective custody. The name was not released.
The chase covered 17 miles.
Both east and westbound I-80 were closed for 45 minutes while troopers handled the slow moving situation.
The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska Department of Transportation helped with traffic control during this incident, Thomas said.