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Gregory M. Skinner

Gregory Skinner, 36, ran from the cops Wednesday after a North Platte police officer on patrol routinely checked the license plate of the pickup he was driving.

Skinner pulled his blue Chevy pickup into the Kwik Stop on Rodeo Road at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday.

The routine license plate check showed the plate was registered to a Ford. The officer pulled into the Kwik Stop lot. As he got out to approach the pickup, the driver jumped out and ran away, according to the police report.

Other officers responded, found the man and ordered him to stop without any initial success. He continued to run. Eventually he was found hiding along a fence in the area of 10th and Washington and taken into custody without further trouble.

The man was identified as Skinner and investigators discovered he was driving on a suspended driver's license.

Skinner was taken to jail. He was searched during booking, where a pill identified as Adderall was found in his wallet. He was charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and DUS.

Ironically, the initial investigating officer found out later that the plate did match the vehicle after all. An error was made when the plate was first checked, police spokesman John Deal said.

Skinnerwas arraigned Friday. He asked for a public defender and his bond was set at $5,000.

Adderall is normally prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. But, healthy students and professionals are using it, thinking it enhances performance, focus, concentration and memory. The drug does not actually make people smarter though, they just think they are.

According to a study from the University of Pennsylvania, students who took Adderall did not perform better on tests of cognitive function.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/1/2013
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