YORK – A man caught driving a stolen vehicle on Interstate 80 has been formally charged and the case has been bound over to District Court.

Christopher A. Peterson, 39, whose address is not listed in court documents, has been charged with theft of stolen property with a value of more than $5,000, which is a Class 2A felony.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed with the court, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol was trying to locate a reported reckless driver of silver Hyundai on Interstate 80.

The trooper eventually saw the vehicle, which he reported was moving down the interstate with the left tires in the median, and then swerving between lanes and subsequently being on the shoulder.

He stopped the driver, who was identified as Peterson.

In the trooper’s affidavit, he says Peterson allegedly told him he didn’t have a driver’s license and the car was not his. The trooper says further that a check of the Minnesota license plates showed the vehicle was stolen and Peterson allegedly admitted to stealing the vehicle in Minnesota.

The trooper also says Peterson told him his driving behavior was due to falling asleep. Peterson also said he allegedly had a bong in the trunk, which was located, with marijuana residue inside.

The vehicle, which was valued at $8,000, was seized and Peterson was arrested.

Arraignment proceedings are pending in District Court. If convicted Peterson could be facing a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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