Truck driver faces Nebraska stalking trial

LINCOLN, Nebraska. (Nebraska) — A North Dakota man’s hearing is scheduled for next month to determine a possible cause of the crime following a December prosecution in six Nebraska counties.

Casey Martinson, 56, of Sanborn, North Dakota, is charged in Lancaster District Court with assaulting an officer with a vehicle, leaving the scene of a traffic accident with injuries, and driving to avoid arrest. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 21. During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors present evidence to a judge who determines whether there is a probable cause for the crime and a probable cause for the suspect’s commission of the crime. If the judge determines that there is a probable cause, the case goes to the trial court.

A State Patrol press release said a soldier stopped Martinson’s semi-trailer near Waverley on Dec. 15 after he was seen driving recklessly. The patrol alleges that Martinson then drove his trailer into the soldier’s cruiser, causing the soldier to suffer a head injury. He then fled the scene westbound on Interstate 80 and was arrested 2.5 hours later about 20 miles west of Kearny.

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

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