Sheriff Injured Trying to Stop Fleeing Vehicle
STANTON - Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger was injured in a rollover accident early Monday morning while answering a call east of Norfolk. Deputy Jeremy Goeken (GO-kun) reports that Unger was attempting to get into position to deploy a tire deflation device and lost control of his patrol unit on a county road. The sheriff was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated by Stanton Fire and Rescue. He was taken to Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk where he was treated and released for a possible neck injury. According to Goeken, the incident began about 2 a.m. when Andrew McKinley, 21, led officers on a high speed pursuit that started in Norfolk and ended just east of Pilger on U.S. Highway 275. McKinley was observed driving the wrong way on the four-lane highway and nearly struck a deputy head on. McKinley faces charges of willful reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. A passenger in his vehicle, Genaro Merino, 22, of Woodland Park, was cited for a drug violation.