A man who led Nebraska State Patrol officers on a high speed pursuit through Gering early Saturday morning is in custody on a variety of charges.
Court documents say the troopers attempted to stop a southbound vehicle for failing to signal a lane change on 10th Street when the vehicle accelerated after initially pulling over to the side of the road. The driver, later identified as 44 year old Martin Palomo, ran a red light and accelerated to a speed of 80 miles per hour before turning left on Morrison Road and crashing into a building. But as officers approached, Palomo took off again, taking a right on 7th Street and then turning east on Union Pacific Boulevard before leaving the vehicle and fleeing on foot.
Palomo, bloody, dirty and no longer with shoes, was eventually apprehended as he tried to hide between cars in a driveway.
Palomo, who has already spent time in prison, faces charges of willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, DUI, and six traffic offenses.