Local ditches car in Nebraska cornfield; jail ensues

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - September 11, 2009

In a deal with prosecutors, 36-year-old Frank Dougherty pleaded no contest to misdemeanor flight to avoid arrest.

Dougherty is from Harrington, Del.

The Nebraska State Patrol says Dougherty was stopped the night of July 8 in south-central Nebraska, suspected of not paying for gas at a station earlier that evening.

As the trooper approached the car, Dougherty sped off down Interstate 80.

After a short chase, Dougherty exited onto a county road, then cut through a farmstead into a cornfield.

Troopers later found his car but not Dougherty. He was arrested the next morning near the Minden interchange.

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