O’Neill man arrested near Shelton after multi-county pursuit

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Nebraska State Patrol troopers have arrested an O'Neill man, 30-year-old Dennis Nekolite, after a pursuit in Buffalo and Hall Counties Sunday afternoon. 

Police say that around 4 p.m. NSP received reports of a Dodge Challenger driving recklessly, at excessive speeds on Highway 30 near Gibbon. 

Nekolite had reportedly fled attempted traffic stops by both the Buffalo County Sheriff's Office and the Hall County Sheriff's Office at different times throughout Sunday afternoon.

Authorities say a trooper was able to locate Nekolite near Alda on Hwy 30 where the trooper attempted a traffic stop. Rather than stopping, Nekolite reportedly fled and the trooper initiated a pursuit. 

Nekolite continued westbound on Hwy 30 driving as fast as 140 miles-per-hour, according to a press release issued by NSP. He then started to drive on county roads north of the highway. Not too long after the road change, the trooper was able to successfully perform a traffic stop near Shelton Road and 190th Road, north of Shelton.

Nekolite was then taken into custody without further incident. 

Police say that after a search of the vehicle, they found a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Nekolite was held in Buffalo County Jail for flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Police say that deputies from Hall and Buffalo Counties assisted at times during the incident.