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Troopers Arrest Driver Following Pursuit in Sidney

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JANUARY 2, 2023 (SIDNEY, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Sidney woman after a pursuit early Monday morning.

At approximately 2:10 a.m. MT Monday, a trooper was on patrol in Sidney on 6th Avenue when a GMC Terrain nearly rear-ended the trooper’s patrol unit. The trooper contacted the driver of the GMC and observed the strong odor of alcohol. The trooper also saw a child in the backseat of the vehicle. The trooper attempted a traffic stop to conduct a DUI investigation, but the driver refused to comply, accelerated, and fled. The trooper initiated a pursuit.

The vehicle fled on residential streets in Sidney, with speeds of approximately 50 miles per hour, and eventually started traveling westbound on Highway 30 through Sidney. After approximately two miles, the vehicle ran out of fuel and came to a stop. Troopers were able to take the driver into custody and found two young children in the backseat, without car seats or seat belts.

The driver, Karla Fernandez, 27, of Sidney, was arrested for child endangerment, flight to avoid arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol .15+, and obstructing a peace officer. Fernandez was lodged in Cheyenne County Jail. The children were placed with family.