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49-year-old man from Kearney was arrested with drugs after a high speed chase and foot pursuit in rural Buffalo County, Nebraska State Patrol confirmed

KEARNEY, Nebraska – A man from Kearney who was apprehended following a high-speed chase and a foot pursuit in the remote areas of Buffalo County is facing possible drug charges.

Randall Lizer, 49, was taken into custody early on Wednesday morning, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. He was wanted on multiple charges, including flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to deliver, resisting arrest, and obstructing a peace officer. Methamphetamine weighing eight pounds was discovered by the investigators in the vehicle.

The Kearney Police Department contacted the Nebraska State Patrol late on Tuesday evening to inform them that a person of interest in an ongoing drugs investigation may be driving a Chevrolet Impala on Interstate 80. A trooper on I-80 at the Elm Creek interchange noticed the speeding car at approximately 4 in the am on Wednesday.

The automobile exited Interstate 80 at the Elm Creek interchange and then got on Highway 183 going in the opposite direction, northbound. A trooper made an attempt to pull over a vehicle for speeding, but the driver sped away, and the trooper gave chase.

During the pursuit, speeds of more than 90 miles per hour were reached, and another officer was able to successfully deploy stop sticks. After traveling several more miles in a northerly direction on tires that were losing air pressure, Lizer’s vehicle turned west onto a county road. In order to bring the vehicle to a stop, the trooper utilized a tactical vehicle intervention. After that, Lizer made an attempt to depart on foot, but she was stunned, rendering her unable to do so.

After searching the vehicle, the officers located methamphetamine as well as various drug paraphernalia. The Buffalo County Jail is now housing Lizer. There has been a formal complaint filed against him.

The investigation was helped along by the Kearney Police Department and the TRIDENT Task Force (Tri-cities Drug Enforcement Team).

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