A Clarkson man who police say led them on a chase at speeds over 125 mph was recently sentenced to a term of probation by Judge Robert Steinke in Platte County District Court.
Jonathan A. Yosten, 19, will spend the next six months on probation after being found guilty of attempting to operate a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class I misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison. The charge was amended from a Class IV felony, which is punishable by up to two years in prison and 12 months of post-release supervision.
In December 2018, court records show that an off-duty Stanton County Sheriff’s Office deputy called into the Platte County Sheriff’s Department to make a traffic complaint. It was reported that an “orangish” in color Ford Mustang, possibly being driven by an impaired driver, nearly ran him off the road, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.
The off duty deputy and the defendant were driving westbound on Nebraska Highway 91 approaching Creston. Court records show the Mustang driver turned southbound onto Monastery Road and was followed by the off duty deputy. During that time, PCSO Deputy Justin Grant was phoned.
Grant, court records show, began following the Ford Mustang southbound on Monastery road near 460th Street and observed the driver maneuver onto the shoulder and then back into its lane of travel. At the intersection of Monastery Road and 415th Street, the defendant made a right-hand turn and just before 2:30 a.m. Grant turned on his overhead emergency lights in an effort to make a traffic stop, court records show.
While approaching the vehicle, the affadavit shows that the driver stuck his head out of the window and viewed the deputy before fleeing the scene. Dispatch was alerted that Grant was pursuing the Mustang and that it was reaching speeds over 85 mph.
The defendant, while leading the deputy in pursuit, topped out at speeds greater than 125 mph, ran at least one stop sign and nearly caused a vehicle accident, the affidavit shows. The deputy stopped chase after six minutes due to speeds and overall upcoming driving conditions, court records show.
After the chase stopped, Grant was able to identify the owners of the vehicle, as well as their children, by using the Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System. Grant was able to identify the driver of the vehicle by viewing a copy of his Nebraska driver’s license photo.
Sam Pimper is the news editor of the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.