A man was arrested in the early morning hours Wednesday after a mile-long car chase that ended in a field on the north side of the Bailey Yard railroad tracks.

According to the North Platte police, at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, an officer saw a reported stolen vehicle from Kearney at the corner of Sixth and Poplar.

Spokesman John Deal said the car was a tan 1990 Ford Taurus with 14-county plates.

The officer confirmed the vehicle was in fact stolen, followed it over the tracks to the area of Seventh and Bailey, then tried to pull it over. Instead of stopping, the car sped west on Seventh, hitting a speed of about 70 mph, according to the police report.

Seventh turns north and becomes Adams St., but when the driver came to that curve, he went off the road and kept going west into a field. Officers followed, but one of the cruisers became disabled. A second cruiser found the Taurus abandoned in the field a short time later, Deal said.

With help from the Nebraska State Patrol and the Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies, the area was surrounded, and a search began. While searching, officers saw the suspect run into an occupied home a couple blocks north in the 2000 block of West Ninth.

Officers arrested the alleged suspect inside the home without further trouble. He was identified as Joseph Olsson.

Olsson was charged with possession of stolen property, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and driving under suspension, and taken to the Lincoln County jail.



On Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., an officer received a complaint of forgery at Little Caesar’s Pizza. The management said an employee, Chandler Sharp, put a counterfeit $100 bill in the cash register, then pocketed five $20 bills.

This incident was filmed by security cameras.

Deal said video footage indicated that Chandler took the counterfeit bill out of his wallet and placed it into the register. He said there is no evidence to show that a customer passed the bill.

Deal said the bill is clearly counterfeit, lacking the embedded security features of real cash. Plus it has an odd feel to it.

Chandler was later contacted in a traffic stop in the 1500 block of West Ninth, charged with first-degree forgery, and taken to jail.


Domestic assault

A North Platte man was arrested Monday and charged with domestic assault in a case that began a month ago.

On Sept. 16, police went to the 1400 block of Rodeo Road to check out a reported disturbance. When they arrived, they met with Marcos Escarsega, who said he had an argument with his live-in girlfriend, who had left the scene.

Officers were unable to find the woman that day, but the 34-year-old sought medical attention the next day and officers were able to talk to her then.

Deal said she had an orbital fracture to her eye, bruises on her knee and injured ribs. Police were told that Escarsega had assaulted her. A warrent was issued, charging him with felony domestic assault.

On Monday, police found Escarsega in the 200 block of S. Cottonwood and arrested him without further trouble, Deal said.