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A man walking along Highway 77 early Saturday morning was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after law enforcement conducted a welfare check.

Just after 1 a.m., a Nebraska State Patrol trooper saw a man in a tan jacket and jeans walking southbound on the west shoulder of Highway 77. The man was later identified as 28-year-old Trevor M. Hurley.

The trooper, who was traveling northbound, turned around to perform a welfare check and saw Hurley drop a white, shiny object on the ground.

Gage County Court documents state Hurley told the trooper he was OK and continued southbound. The trooper pulled ahead, but could see Hurley in his mirror as Hurley turned around and began looking toward the ground.

The trooper went back and called additional law enforcement to search the area, according to court documents. During the search, a small plastic baggie with a cloudy, white substance was found.

Court documents state Hurley denied the bag was his. A field test of the substance was positive for methamphetamine.

During the arrest, court documents state Hurley attempted to harm himself and was removed from the patrol unit and taken to the ground until he calmed down.

Hurley’s bond was set at $5,000 with a 10 percent deposit. His next hearing is set for Dec. 19.

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