YORK – The charges against Steven Kissel, 26, of Ashland, have been dismissed in a case involving drug possession and flight to avoid arrest.
Kissel was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Dylan L. Pritchard, 26, of Holstein, which was involved in a high speed chase with law enforcement and the subsequent discovery of drugs.
The case began when a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol observed a 2006 Lincoln LS being driven while the trunk was open and displaying fictitious license plates. The trooper performed a traffic stop on Highway 71 near the I-80 interchange. But, according to court documents, during the traffic stop the driver – Pritchard – fled south on Highway 81, driving south in the northbound lanes with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.
Multiple troopers pursued the suspect vehicle as it entered McCool Junction, according to earlier information from the state patrol. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck one of the NSP cruisers on the driver’s side, causing minor injuries to the trooper. The vehicle then started traveling north in the southbound lanes, according to earlier information from the state patrol.
Another trooper then performed a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the suspect vehicle to a stop on Highway 81 between McCool Junction and I-80. The three occupants were then taken into custody, according to the narrative issued by the state patrol.
In court documents, it says “the vehicle had numerous near head-on collisions with other traffic,” and the sheriff’s department was deployed in order to slow traffic moving in that direction.
The driver, Pritchard, was arrested.
Troopers also found methamphetamine in the vehicle. For the possession of methamphetamine, Kissel and the other passenger were arrested.
This week, York County Attorney Christopher Johnson asked for the charges against Kissel to be dismissed and Judge James Stecker signed off on the dismissal. Johnson did not elaborate in open court as to why the charges were dropped.