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Beatrice police arrested a man Wednesday night after a high-speed chase through Gage County.

At around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Gage County deputy was at the intersection of 19th and Dorsey streets in Beatrice when he saw a gray Hyundai Sonata with a broken headlight. The car was also following the vehicle in front of it too closely.

The deputy followed the Hyundai as it passed the other vehicle in a reckless manner, court documents state.

The Hyundai went partially in the ditch and rapidly increased its speed.

The deputy activated his overhead lights and the Hyundai slowed from around 70 mph to 40 mph, and weaved on and off the shoulder for around a mile until the deputy activated his siren.

The car then made a U turn through a ditch and drove southbound on South First Road, exceeding 100 mph.

Court documents note that another driver on the road had to drive into the ditch to avoid a collision. The car entered Beatrice and was driving up to 40 mph through neighborhoods, failing to stop at stop signs.

The car eventually stopped on a backyard parking stall in the 900 block of North 10th Street. The driver, identified as David E. Barrett, exited the vehicle with an open container of Four Loko in his hand. He was ordered to show his hands, but chugged the drink as police approached him at gunpoint.

Barrett showed several signs of impairment. Multiple empty cans and single shot bottles were in the vehicle. Barrett agreed to perform sobriety maneuvers, but became agitated when police asked him to sign a form. He declined multiple tests.

Barrett was arrested for second offense fleeing in a motor vehicle, second offense willful reckless driving, refusing to submit to a preliminary breath test, refusing to submit to a chemical test, third offense DUI and an open container violation.

Bond was set at $10,000 with a 10 percent deposit. Barrett's next hearing is set for Nov. 26.

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