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Stand-off situation in northeast Nebraska ends safely

NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) -- Law enforcement were able to safely resolve a standoff situation Friday afternoon near Laurel, Nebraska.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, at about 10:50 a.m. a trooper noticed a Ford Focus parked on the should of eastbound Highway 20 near Belden, Nebraska.

An NSP press release says while the trooper was checking on the vehicle, the driver woke up and drove off. The trooper proceeded to pursue the vehicle.

The release says once the vehicle was in Laurel it turned northbound on Highway 20. Troopers say they deployed spike strips to bring the vehicle to a stop just north of Laurel.

Once the vehicle was stopped, the driver allegedly refused to exit the vehicle and did not respond to repeated commands from troopers.

After about two-and-a-half hours and several attempts to have the driver exit the vehicle voluntarily, troopers decided to deploy pepper spray. The driver then exited the vehicle and was taken into custody.

Law enforcement personnel at the scene say the subject seemed to be experiencing a psychological episode. Authorities say he was placed in emergency protective care.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

The NSP was assisted by Nebraska Game and Parks, Laurel Police, Laurel Rescue, and the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office.

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