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Subjects Found After Hiding in Cornfield

July 28, 2017 (North Platte, Neb.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Troop D – North Platte,
supported by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, apprehended two people after a search of nearly 24 hours near

At 1:34 p.m. Thursday, July 27, NSP received information that two people were traveling eastbound on I-80 near
Lexington in a stolen vehicle. Troopers located the stolen, green Chevrolet Tahoe near the Overton exit and
attempted a traffic stop. At that point the vehicle fled, leading troopers on a pursuit across several county roads,
reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour. NSP deployed a tire deflation device to stop the vehicle, ending the car
pursuit after approximately 36 minutes. The two people in the vehicle then fled on foot into a cornfield.

Troopers from NSP, including the Aviation Support Division and Police Service Dogs, along with deputies from the
Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, conducted an exhaustive search of the area. The subjects were spotted at about
9:00 p.m., but a second search yielded nothing and was suspended four hours later.

After spending hours in the cornfield, the subjects were spotted again at 10:40 a.m. today and were taken into
custody by NSP and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Medina, 24, of Colorado, and Patricia Pacheco,
26, of South Dakota, were transported to Lexington to be medically cleared before being lodged in Dawson
County Jail.


Cody Thomas – Public Relations Director
(402) 479-4985


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