ATCHISON, Kan. — Atchison authorities said a Nebraska man who fled from them in a Tuesday evening highway pursuit almost drove into a law enforcement officer who was outside his patrol vehicle.

Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie said his deputies began a pursuit of Joshua Herman Dale Poppe, 28, of Lincoln, Nebraska, from a rural area along U.S. Highway 73 after observing a license plate didn’t match the vehicle. The pursuit eventually went into city limits, and the Atchison Police Department provided assistance.

“Good work by the deputies and Atchison police officers involved,” Laurie said in a post to social media.

Laurie said a deputy deployed stop sticks at Highway 73 and Service Road. Poppe’s vehicle appeared to be disabled before the situation escalated.

“Poppe struck a patrol vehicle in the pursuit,” Laurie said. “(He) almost struck a deputy with his vehicle when the deputy was out of his patrol vehicle, attempting to take him into custody, when the deputy believed the vehicle was disabled.”

Upon capturing Poppe, Laurie said, authorities ran a VIN check on the vehicle and verified it had been stolen out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Authorities also recovered evidence, including a syringe containing a substance believed to be contraband and drug paraphernalia.

Poppe remained in the Atchison County Jail on Thursday on a $10,000 surety bond in connection with fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. Records indicate he also held in connection with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of unlawful stimulants, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, felony theft, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

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