What could have been a simple speeding ticket turned into much more Tuesday night in Western Nebraska. A driver ended up being shot by law enforcement officers.
The Nebraska State Patrol says a 1999 Dodge Durango was stopped south of Ogallala on Highway 61 just before 8pm Mountain Standard Time.
After talking briefly with the trooper, the driver sped off with a passenger inside. A pursuit ensued, reaching 90 miles per hour at times. After about an hour, the driver crashed about 5 miles southwest of Brule.
The driver, armed with a .38 caliber handgun, fled on foot. The passenger was taken into custody. Deputies from Keith and Perkins Counties joined the NSP in the search for the driver. After about two hours, he was found in a ditch 400 yards from the crash scene.
The NSP says the driver fired two shots at officers. Officers fired back, wounding him.
The driver is identified as 39-year old Mark J. Phillips of Louisville, Colorado. He was listed in stable condition at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. The passenger, 33-year old Scott P. Suedekum of Big Springs, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm.