- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

HENDERSON, Neb. (AP) - One Nebraska family spent part of their Thanksgiving helping authorities apprehend a 21-year-old man who had fled into the small town of Henderson to avoid a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins told the York News-Times (https://bit.ly/1yvVpX2 ) the incident began Thursday morning when a state trooper tried to stop a motorcycle that was traveling 82 mph in a 75 mph zone.

Collins said the motorcycle driver refused to stop and fled into Henderson, a city of about 1,000 southwest of York. That driver was identified as Tyler Rabbe, of Kearney, and he is facing several charges.

Matt Siebert said his family noticed the influx of state troopers, who spent about an hour searching for the driver and towed away his abandoned motorcycle.

“It was quite something,” Siebert said. “There were troopers everywhere, looking in garages and driving down the streets.”

After finishing their holiday meal, the Sieberts noticed a man walking down the street who appeared to be looking for the motorcycle. He then started to run away from the area.

“That’s when we realized this was the man who had been hiding from the state patrol,” Siebert said.

Siebert and his 17-year-old son, Colton, followed on foot but forgot to grab their cellphones.

“We just decided that we were going to follow him, Siebert said. “We didn’t think about the possibility he might have had a weapon or could have been dangerous. We just found ourselves going after him.”

Eventually they talked the man into calling police and surrendering.

“We told him that it would be a good idea to turn himself in to law enforcement. Everything would be OK and we’d stay with him until police arrived,” Siebert said.

Rabbe was arrested around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. He is facing charges of fleeing to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under suspension and speeding.

Rabbe was released Sunday on $2,500 bond. Online court records do not list an attorney for him, and no phone number is listed at his address in Kearney.


Information from: York News-Times, https://www.yorknewstimes.com

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