NORTH PLATTE, NE – A man is under arrest following a standoff with state troopers on Interstate 80 west of North Platte Thursday evening, according to statepatrol.nebraska.gov.
The situation began to unfold at about 6:30 p.m., when Nebraska State Patrol was notified that a Dodge Charger was driving erratically on I-80, and that the driver had pointed a handgun in the direction of another motorist on the highway.
A traffic stop was performed on the driver near mile marker 170 but he refused to comply with a trooper’s demands, authorities said.
As more troopers came to the scene, I-80 eastbound was closed to traffic as a precaution.
For more than two hours, Nebraska State Patrol negotiators spoke with the driver, identified as 49-year-old Mario Brown of Grants, New Mexico. They finally got Brown to exit the car voluntarily and took him into custody without any further incident.
A search of his car yielded a rifle, a handgun, and about two pounds of marijuana.
Brown is facing multiple charges, including use of a firearm to commit a felony, making terroristic threats, and possession of a concealed weapon. He was taken to Lincoln County Jail.
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