Man wanted for hit-and-run in Lincoln arrested in Detroit

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A man wanted for his involvement in a Lincoln road rage incident that ended with a man having his leg amputated was arrested in Detroit this week.

28-year-old Deaubre Gardner was wanted for a road rage assault on Aug. 31 near 41st and Huntington in Lincoln.

A U.S. Marshal spokesperson confirmed Gardner is in the Wayne County Jail in Michigan awaiting extradition back to Lincoln. He was arrested without incident on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Gardner was wanted for first-degree assault, and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, according to court documents. An arrest warrant was issued for Gardner by Lincoln Police in September.

Police said Gardner reportedly struck a man with a vehicle following a disagreement, pinning him between two cars.

Witnesses told authorities a black 2010 Dodge Charger took off following the incident.

Officers found the vehicle just a few blocks away from where it happened, and have been searching for Gardner since.

The victim, 39-year-old Steven Collins, eventually had his leg amputated.

The events leading up to the incident are still unclear.

A witness, Brandon Wainwright, was driving near the intersection when he heard people screaming for help.

He said he thought everything was fine, but felt like he should pull over just to make sure everything was under control.

He told 10/11, "Everyone seemed to back away a little bit and I was like what could be so bad and I get up there and I mean it was bad." He added, "Every time he would look down at his leg he would say, 'Oh my god, oh my god. Am I going to die?' and I was like 'Dude not when I'm here you're not.'"

Wainwright said the man's leg was dangling off his body, so he put a shirt over it to calm the man down. Brandon then made a tourniquet out of some bungee cords he grabbed out of his car.

Police said the tourniquet applied by Wainwright and first responders when they arrived on scene likely saved Collins' life.