The trucker faces a probable hearing for a chase through Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – A North Dakota man is scheduled for a hearing next month to determine criminal probable cause after a December chase that spanned six Nebraska counties.

Kasey Martinson, 56, of Sanborn, North Dakota, is charged in Lancaster County Court with assaulting an officer using a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an injury crash, and driving a motor vehicle to avoid the ‘arrest. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 21. During a pretrial hearing, prosecutors present evidence to a judge that determines whether there is probable cause that a crime was committed and probable cause that the suspect committed that crime. If the judge determines that there is probable cause, the case is then transferred to the trial court.

In a news release, the state patrol said a policeman pulled over Martinson’s semi-truck near Waverly on Dec. 15 after he was seen driving recklessly. Patrol claims Martinson then backed his flatbed trailer against the policeman’s car, resulting in a head injury. He then fled the scene westbound on Interstate 80 and was arrested 2 1/2 hours later approximately 20 miles west of Kearney.

The wounded soldier was treated and released to a Lincoln hospital for minor injuries. Martinson was treated at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, but was later transferred to the Lancaster County Jail, where he is being held on $500,000 bond.

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