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Multiple agencies track down Cozad man after two-day manhunt north of Brady

Shawn Grizzle, 33, of Cozad, was arrested Wednesday after leading several law enforcement...
Shawn Grizzle, 33, of Cozad, was arrested Wednesday after leading several law enforcement agencies in a two-day long pursuit. He is being held in the Lincoln County Jail after being taken into custody. (SOURCE: Lincoln County Jail).(KNOP)
Published: May. 6, 2020 at 6:53 PM CDT
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Shawn Grizzle, 33, of Cozad, was arrested Wednesday after leading several law enforcement agencies in a two-day long pursuit. He is being held in the Lincoln County Jail after being taken into custody.

Grizzle's alleged crimes began Tuesday when at approximately 7:50 p.m. Tuesday evening, a Nebraska State Patrol trooper located a Chevrolet Silverado, which had been reported stolen in Cozad.

The trooper recorded the vehicle speeding at 100 miles per hour as it was traveling westbound on Highway 30 in eastern Lincoln County. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled.

The NSP trooper went after the Silverado which turned north on Haythorn Road before circling back and returning to Highway 30 westbound.

As the vehicle continued driving at approximately 100 miles per hour, NSP dispatch was able to confirm the person driving was Grizzle. Troopers were then able to discontinue the pursuit. The entire pursuit lasted approximately nine minutes.

Wednesday morning, a local resident located the Silverado, which had been abandoned on Tin Camp Road, south of Highway 92 in McPherson County.

The McPherson County Sheriff’s Office responded and confirmed that it was the vehicle that had been stolen and had been involved in the pursuit with troopers Tuesday evening.

Several law enforcement agencies, including deputies from the McPherson, Logan, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Offices, the NSP Aviation Support Division, and NSP Police Service Dog Division, reported to the scene to assist in a search of the area to locate the suspect.

Law enforcement received a report that the suspect was at an abandoned farmstead and were quickly able to locate him and take him into custody without further incident at approximately 2:25 p.m.

Grizzle was arrested for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, theft by unlawful taking, willful reckless driving, and as a habitual criminal. Grizzle was lodged in Lincoln County Jail. Additional charges are pending from Dawson County.