On Saturday morning at 1:24 a.m., police responded to a report that an SUV was chasing a car in North Platte, near Buffalo Bill and Birchwood.

When police arrived, they found two vehicles stopped in the middle of Birchwood, facing west. There were three people in a Pontiac sedan. A man, Thomas Keefer was in the Suburban, Police spokeswoman Beth Kerr said.

Keefer was pulling into a driveway when the Pontiac drove by and one of the occupants yelled at him about not using a turn signal.

Keefer, upset, backed out of the driveway and aggressively followed the Pontiac, according to the police report.

At this time, the people in the Pontiac called police.

Police were told that as the two vehicles approached the stop sign at Buffalo, the Suburban rear-ended the Pontiac twice. Then both vehicles stopped, which is where the police found them.

Kerr said the Pontiac sustained an estimated $1,000 damage to the rear bumper and the Suburban’s front bumper suffered minor damage.

Keefer showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety maneuvers, Kerr said.

He was taken to jail, charged with driving under the influence of liquor, 2nd offense, as well as willful reckless driving and criminal mischief.

Kerr said the passengers of the Pontiac complained of injuries. However, none of them were transported to the hospital.


Amanda Burri

Also, police arrested Amanda Burri Saturday, after a laboratory test confirmed the presence of meth on Burri’s alleged belongings in July.

Burri’s home was searched for suspected stolen items in July. She was arrested and charged with theft, and a small amount of meth was sent to the Nebraska Crime Lab for testing, police spokeswoman Beth Kerr said.

Burri was later convicted of stealing nearly $600 as well as a collectible key knife from a North Platte man. Burri asked the victim to cash a check for her and it was later found to be counterfeit, leaving the man responsible for the money.

On July 13, police responded to a disturbance in the 1300 block of N. Jeffers, and found Burri there. A search warrant was executed two hours later and the stolen items were found in Burri’s possession, police said.

Burri spent four days in jail for misdemeanor theft, according to court records.

She was arrested again Saturday based on the lab test.

Kerr said she was found driving a car near Philip and Chestnut, and police pulled the car over.


Timothy Johnson

Earlier in the week, on Thursday, police arrested Timothy Johnson and charged him with three counts of drug possession.

Johnson is on probation and showed up to meet with his probation officer with three outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Police were summoned to the probation office and they arrested Johnson without any trouble, Kerr said.