Illinois man arrested in southeast Nebraska after foot pursuit

The Nebraska State Patrol allegedly found guns and drugs in the suspect’s vehicle
Nebraska state troopers arrested an Illinois man after discovering several guns and drugs in his vehicle near Pawnee City.
Published: Mar. 7, 2023 at 12:42 PM CST
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PAWNEE COUNTY, Neb. (WOWT) - A man from Illinois is facing firearm and drug-related charges after a foot pursuit in Pawnee County.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the incident began Monday at roughly 10:35 a.m. when a trooper tried to pull over a Dodge Magnum for speeding on Highway 8, near Pawnee City.

The driver of the Dodge allegedly refused to stop and entered a rural driveway, jumped from the vehicle as it was still moving and then fled on foot as the trooper pursued.

After a brief foot pursuit around a farm, the trooper took the suspect into custody.

The Nebraska State Patrol searched the Dodge and allegedly found four guns - including a short barrel rifle, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, 32 grams of cocaine, 144 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and 214 grams of marijuana.

Authorities identified the suspect as 40-year-old Jesse Starry of Chillicothe, Illinois. Starry was arrested for possession of controlled substances, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a short barrel rifle, carrying a concealed firearm and other charges.