Ryan D. Gabel
Police diagram of the wreck. Gabel's car is V-1.
Chronic offender Ryan Gabel, 25, of North Platte was caught Sunday night after a car chase that started when he failed to stop for a traffic violation on Ash St.
Gabel faces a series of charges -- unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving under the influence, driving under suspension, refusal to submit to chemical test and flight to avoid arrest.
When a policeman tried to pull him over at 10 p.m., Gabel took off in his 1996 Honda Accord. Speeds reached 60 miles an hour before the officer backed off to reduce the dangers to the residential area, Police Information Officer Rodney Brown said.
Gabel lost control of the car near A and Ash, hit a parked car and slid across the steet. Then he fled on foot.
Brown said police held and questioned a non-compliant but uninjured passenger and later found Gabel at his house near Washington Elementary school. Police also found contraband drugs in the car, so drug charges could be added to the list, Brown said.
Gabel had been out of jail for just two days.
He has a long record. He’s been jailed in Lincoln County 20 times since 2006 on a wide range of charges including minor in possession, driving under the influence, driving under suspension, as well as thefts, assaults, contributing to the delinquency of minors, possession of stolen property and a stolen weapon.
Gabel was in Lincoln County District Court less than a month ago, where he pled not guilty to burglary. Defense attorney Stephen Potter asked the court to allow Gabel to attend Valley Hope in Norton, Kan. on his own recognizance for treatment of alcohol abuse, but County Attorney Rebecca Harling said he had been to treatment more than once with no good results.
Judge Richard Birch agreed with Harling and declined to let Gabel go to Valley Hope, but he lowered his bond from $100,000 to $50,000.
In the past, Gabel has also been charged with disturbing the peace, contempt of court, criminal mischief, strangulation and escape. He has also violated probation three times, according to county records.
He will be appointed a public defender and his bond was set at $100,000.
In other Lincoln County Court action Monday, Chad E. Hall, 38, of Hershey was arraigned on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and theft.
Hall was arrested Jan. 11 after Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies found 21 long guns, seven pistols and a flare gun in his house and garage.
Hall, who served from 2006-09 in the state penitentiary for buglary, is suspected of recent thefts in North Platte and Lincoln County, prosecutors say.
Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull told Hall an additional charge of habitual criminal will be filed and he must return to court Tuesday for arraignment on that.
The firearm charge carries a penalty of 3-50 years, the theft charge warrants a 0-5 year sentence and the habitual criminal charge could mean 10-60 years imprisonment.
Due to the pending habitual charge and because Hall is a parolee, Turnbull set bond at $125,000.
No pay, night in jail
A Minnesota man spent a night in jail after he tried to walk out of Applebee’s Sunday without paying his bill.
William J. Johnson, of Minnesota, was convicted of theft of services after he pled no contest. He was sentenced to 16 hours jail with 16 hours credit.
Police were called to Applebee’s after Johnson ran up a bill of $35.37. Confronted by a manager, he said he had only $9 and change in his pocket and asked if he could come back the next day to pay.
The Applebee’s manager called police instead and Johnson was arrested.